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WWE: New Japan Challenges WWE

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posted on May, 2 2004 @ 04:53 AM
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New Japan owner and wrestling legend Antonio Inoki challenged WWE to take them on at the Strong Energy 2004 show on Saturday. Inoki said that he wants to challenge WWE and that American wrestling promotions are in a state of depression. Inoki went on to say that WWE should not be the leading force in the industry and New Japan will soon take that spot away. He has mandated his staff to contact all former WWE talent, including Steve Austin and Brock Lesnar to achieve the goal of being the new wrestling leader of the world.

Last week on WWE Byte This, Jim Ross ripped the Japanese wrestling industry and their tactics. "They are desperate. The Japanese pro-wrestling is sucking pond water," said Ross, former WWE VP of talent relations."It's not drawing. Goldberg went there; he didn't draw, maybe once or twice."

Japanese wrestling journalists have deemed Ross statements as "ignorant". The comments from Ross came just two days after WWE had announced two SmackDown house shows would be held in Tokyo, Japan in July.

The situation is said to be getting heated. You may remember that Austin was in contacts with Japan just before and after his release. Bill Goldberg also left WWE to jump over to Japan. Since then, WWE has been left with a bad taste in their mouths.



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posted on Jun, 8 2004 @ 01:29 PM
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Critics are beginning to take Dreamstage Entertainment very seriously. The Japanese company has a huge amount of capital and has shown that it has no problem spending it on top-tier talent. In fact, some say that if Dreamstage came to the US on a regular basis, it could become a top competitor for WWE.

They have already shown their interest in offering huge amounts of money to Bill Goldberg and Steve Austin and also have good connections with Goldberg's agent Barry Bloom, who represents high-profile talent including Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Mick Foley, and others.



posted on Jun, 10 2004 @ 12:30 PM
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well it'd be nice to have some competition in this country since WWE is the only major wrestling fed now. no more ECW, no more WCW, nothing to really compete with.

although i dont like scott hall. he cant seem to get his act together and he's taking kevin nash down with him.

however there is a lot of young unfounded talent jsut waiting for a chacne to prove themselves. some veterans would be nice but new talent is needed for the long term.



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