Professional wrestling fans rejoice, because after countless years of asking and hoping, New Japan Pro Wrestling and TV Ashai – the channel which airs NJPW in Japan – have struck a deal with WrestlingStore.co.uk to distribute the promotion’s DVD output for all territories – in the English language – including the United Kingdom.
Previously it had been expensive and awkward to secure a copy of New Japan events on disc, especially in English. Although this changed with the implementation of the New Japan World subscription service, it means we will now be able to get our hands on physical copies of events from the past and present.
The partnership begins with a special two disc release (available for pre-order) as noted in the press statement:
“For the first time in its decorated history, the world’s premier professional wrestling brand will be available in English on DVD from March of this year. WrestlingStore.co.uk in association with TV Ashai, have acquired the distribution rights for all territories excluding Japan for the King of Sports DVD releases. Now available to pre-order, the first title “An Introduction to NJPW will see some of the biggest names in Pro Wrestling do battle in this special two disc release.
Witness New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest stars, ‘The Rainmaker’ Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, and the ‘Ace of New Japan’ Hiroshi Tanahashi along with some of the notable past and future stars of NJPW such as ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles, the leader and originator of the Bullet Club ‘The Real Rock N’ Rolla’ Prince Devitt, ‘King of Strong Style’ Shinsuke Nakamura, Kota Ibushi, The Young Bucks, and Kushida in this epic double disc set.
The DVD runtime is nearly four and half hours with just about every match shown in its entirety. Relive classic matches from Wrestle Kingdom 8 on January 4th 2014, the final of the gruelling G1 Climax 2013 Tournament, AJ Styles first match as a member of the NJPW roster, The Best of the Super Juniors 21 Final, and four defences of the prestigious IWGP Heavyweight Championship.”
The news generates competition for WWE and their European distributor Freemantle Media, but a little opposition never hurt anyone.
The match listing includes:
- Kazuchika Okada vs Prince Devitt (IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Kizuna Road 2013)
- Tetsuya Naito vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (G1 Climax 23 Finals)
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (IWGP Intercontinental Championship – Wrestle Kingdom 8)
- AJ Styles vs Kazuchika Okada (IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Wrestling Dontaku)
- Ricochet vs Kushida (Best of the Super Juniors XXI Final)
- The Young Bucks vs The Time Splitters (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship – Dominion 2014)
The DVD will be released on April 2 and can be pre-ordered here for £19.99. If ordered before March 31, you will be automatically entered into a draw to receive a limited edition artwork print signed by Tetsuya Naito.
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