NJPW star Hiroshi Tanahashi has commented on the future of the STRONG brand, amid uncertainty surrounding a potential relaunch.
NJPW STRONG was launched in August 2020 as the Japanese promotion’s US based brand.
It appears that the brand will soon be no more, or will receive a huge overhaul at least.
In late December, NJPW President Takami Ohbari took to Twitter with an interesting message, noting:
#njpwSTRONG will be rebuilt next year.
Tanahashi has now commented on the future of STRONG in a recent ‘High Fly’ blog post.
Revealing the brand will end following after the recently taped matches air, Tanahashi wrote:
#NJPWSTRONG, which has been going on for over two years, will come to an end with this recording. It seems that overseas tournaments will be announced in a different form in the future.
(Translated from Japanese)
While it is unclear what NJPW has in store for the STRONG brand, some have speculated that NJPW and ROH could soon announce a joint venture.
ROH, currently owned by Tony Khan, will soon have its TV series return on the HonorClub service.
NJPW will visit the US next month for the February 18 Battle In The Valley event.
A huge IWGP Women’s Title bout has been announced for the show, with Mercedes Mone (fka Sasha Banks) set to challenge for KAIRI’s gold.
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