New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced the creation of a new branded Dojo in New Zealand.
In a press conference following the end of the New Beginning tour on Sunday, Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi made the announcement of establishing a new Dojo called New Japan Pro Wrestling New Zealand Dojo.
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Sugabayashi announces the establishment of NJPW New Zealand Dojo in Auckland. Tryouts will take place in May, more details to follow.
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) February 10, 2020
This comes after the success of both the Noge and LA Dojo in creating some amazing wrestlers including Shinsuke Nakamura, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Rocky Romero, and Tetsuya Naito just to name a few across both Dojos.
The Dojo will be established in Auckland New Zealand and it’s said it has the‘same goal to nurture talent with a resolve and commitment to excellence’.
Sugabayashi also mentioned in the press conference about how they want the new generation of New Japan stars to be born in this new dojo. This is after an influx of amazing wrestlers from Oceanic states including Jay White, Robbie Eagles, Toa Henare and of course Bad Luck Fale.
New Zealand already has the Fale Dojo which is run by Bad Luck Fale who went through the New Japan system. The Dojo has created and trained some amazing talent throughout the world. And is seen as a stepping stone for many young wrestlers to make their way to New Japan. However, no details have been mentioned on whether it is a separate entity from this Dojo or working in tandem.
It is a welcomed announcement as a bigger spotlight is being shone on the wrestling scene across both New Zealand and Australia. It also comes at a time where rumors are circulating about the potential for a Dojo in the UK. New Japan has created some of the best wrestlers in the world and to spread that knowledge is a blessing.
Try-outs for the new Dojo will take place on May 9th and 10th with more information to be announced as the dates get closer.