Report: New Japan Pro-Wrestling Negotiating With ‘Several Major Television Outlets’ In The US
New Japan Pro-Wrestling continues to negotiate their way back into the United States cable television market.
PWInsider is reporting New Japan has entered into negotiations with “several different major television outlets” for a potential new show on domestic television. It was noted that some of the talks are with outlets that just entered the discussion, but KENTA’s appearance on AEW TV and the media response to New Japan’s addition to the Roku Channel has increased the level of interest from other broadcast homes.
PWInsider did not name any specific outlets that were negotiating with New Japan, but speculated that the new WWE deal with Peacock led to a renewed interest from broadcasters.
Last week, F4WOnline reported New Japan Pro-Wrestling was in “significant talks” with AXS about a return to the network. F4W’s Dave Meltzer explained that AXS wants NJPW programming back on their network, and the talks are serious enough that the odds are a deal will be reached. New Japan recently turned down a previous offer from AXS and elected to work with Roku in the United States and United Kingdom.
Meltzer previously reported that NJPW turned down the first deal due to feeling that Roku was a better strategy for them, as they didn’t want to be exclusive to AXS and risk losing an opportunity to expand elsewhere down the line.