According to a report from Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, there was talk of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) getting a new TV deal. NJPW is in talks for a new United States television deal. Meltzer noted that what hurt NJPW was Anthem Media Group canceling their programming when there was still one year left on their AXS TV contract.
As we’ve previously noted, IMPACT Wrestling’s parent company, Anthem Media Group, purchased AXS TV in September. The following December, AXS TV confirmed that NJPW would no longer be aired on the network. It was also noted that the NJPW and AXS TV deal didn’t expire until January 2021. NJPW officials were aware that they would need a new TV deal after their AXS deal expired, “but they weren’t in a rush because it was like, we got a year to find somebody.”
However, AXS TV pulling the plug on broadcasting NJPW caught the promotion by surprise. Despite AXS TV deciding to no longer broadcast NJPW, the promotion decided not to sue AXS for breach of contract. The same can’t be said for mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA), who did sue AXS for breach of contract after their programming was pulled. There’s no information on which network NJPW might end up on, but we’ll keep you updated. Current NJPW events can be streamed on New Japan World.