While the entire pro wrestling world was locked on WrestleMania XXXIII this past weekend, another big piece of news snuck under the radar on Saturday.
New Japan Pro Wrestling announced back in January that it would be having two shows in the United States as a special event for the G127 tournament. The shows will take place on July 1st and 2nd in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center.
What’s big about this is BOTH nights sold out in under two hours, during Wrestlemania weekend, which is huge news. While the smaller venue they selected means this was between 6,000 and 7,000 tickets sold (plus the Meet-and-Greet), it is a big sign that the demand for their product State-side is much bigger than they anticipated.
By comparison, IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest show ever was just over 7,000, Ring of Honor draws 500-1000 for shows, NXT does 750 – 2200 for shows and even WWE’s house shows draw between 1500 – 6000 on average, so for New Japan to have its first show sell 6000 tickets in under two hours is amazing.
We look at what this means for pro wrestling in the future as well as how New Japan might proceed in the future with bigger venues when it comes to the States.