Former WWE and current New Japan star Yoshitatsu gave the following injury update on Twitter today after being pulled from the New Japan World Tag League this past Saturday (11/21) with a neck injury:
“Results came out. From a conclusion, neck of the bone had broken in two places. Game video, from such as broken way, it is surely that it and was broken at the time of 11/8. For the first time of hospitalization was born. Can not sleep for long ago off time has passed.”
Tatsu suffered the injury during his match with AJ Styles at the 11/8 New Japan “Power Struggle” iPPV in Osaka, in Tatsu’s first match back with New Japan, taking a bad landing on a Styles Clash and landing right on his head & neck. Tatsu worked the first night of the World Tag League on 11/21, teaming with IWGP Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in a loss to Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI. It is unknown how long Tatsu will be out of action as of this writing.
Call me a judgmental prick but, I really dont see the value in NJPW current U.S. “operations”, dealing with ROH on any level as the current talent has more name value individually then the actual brand, and lastly what NJPW has to gain by working with Global force wrestling?
I’m sure GFW is merely an agent with some rights to market the PPV while trying to make it look like they are an actual wrestling company (currently anyway).
Yes there was a time when the Japanese fan was fascinated with our wrestling culture but, now is certainly not that time and it would behoove NJPW on a financial front to host their big upcoming event themselves on PPV.
Proof? Global (jeff) wants 10,000 views. Look at the small amount of views the current promo videos are getting?
There’s more to all these because the Japanese are better businessmen then to “get in bed” with folks (imo) who dont have the experience, knowledge, or integrity and isnt Japan still the top in technology?
JR loves wrestling period and he’s going to add to the venture for sure. You want a “stellar” announce team?? JR and Larry Z. Dont sell Larry short on his announcing skils!!!
AXS TV issued the following press release on Monday (11/24):
LOS ANGELES – Nov. 24, 2014 – Building on the success of the AXS TV FIGHTS Friday night franchise, AXS TV has acquired a 13 episode series from Japan’s largest professional wrestling promotion, NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING (NJPW). Premiering Jan. 16, 2015, NJPW will air on Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT leading into the network’s weekly live MMA, Muay Thai, and kickboxing broadcasts.Airing for the first time ever in the U.S., the hour-long weekly series features the most exciting matches from NJPW’s Japanese broadcasts and pay-per-view events.
Former UFC Heavyweight champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett and famed combat sports commentator Mauro Ranallo are providing English language commentary for the series.
Founded in 1972, NJPW has established itself as the premier wrestling organization in Japan and the second largest and fastest growing wrestling promotion in the world. In recent years, NJPW has gained international recognition, winning the Wrestling Observer Newsletter “Promotion of the Year” award two years running and boasting three-year reigning “Wrestler of the Year” Hiroshi Tanahashi.The series premiere features Tanahashi defending the promotion’s prestigious IWGP Heavyweight Title against his long-time rival Kazuchika Okada in front of 29,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome.
“With this acquisition, AXS TV FIGHTS now offers one of the most diverse combat sports and sports entertainment programming line-ups on television,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. “There is a strong relationship and influence between professional wrestling and MMA, and with the addition of Josh Barnett and Mauro Ranallo as our commentators, we’re confident this new venture will be a crossover hit with wrestling and MMA fans alike.”AXS TV’s NJPW episodes were produced by and purchased from TV ASAHI CORPORATION.