The pro wrestling landscape is undergoing a seismic shift, with AEW's unprecedented growth ushering in a genuine alternative to WWE, a rarity over the past two decades. Although promotions like Impact and Ring of Honor have garnered considerable support across the United States, WWE's dominance remained largely unchallenged.
However, the rise of AEW and their stronghold in Japan has apparently reshuffled the deck, pushing NJPW down the ranks from its once second-tier global status.
AEW Surpasses NJPW in Global Impact
In a recent report by "Logmi Finance," Takaaki Kidani, the president of Bushiroad, which oversees NJPW, conceded that AEW's momentum has propelled them past his own promotion, relegating NJPW to the third spot.
"New Japan Pro Wrestling is technically seeing an uptick in digital content revenue, but the lingering shadow on its former glory can be traced back to the emergence of 'AEW (All Elite Wrestling)' in the United States between 2018 and 2019," Kidani explained.
"The birth of this new professional wrestling entity has redefined the landscape. AEW's revenue hovers around 10 billion yen, a significant factor in New Japan Pro-Wrestling's slide from the second to the third spot in the global rankings." The collaboration between AEW and NJPW has been symbiotic Shifting Wrestling Landscape: AEW's Rise Alters Promotion Hierarchy.in recent times, most notably evidenced by their co-promoted Forbidden Door pay-per-view events, which have not only garnered widespread acclaim but have also been a substantial boost financially.
Adding to this convergence, Will Ospreay, a towering figure within NJPW, is poised to grace AEW's grandest stage in its four-year history on August 27th. The event, named All In, is set to unfold at Wembley Stadium, and the staggering sale of over 80,000 tickets attests to the fervor surrounding this cross-promotional extravaganza.
As AEW's star continues to rise and its collaboration with NJPW remains dynamic, the tides of the wrestling world seem to be undergoing a profound transformation, promising an era of unanticipated competition and an enriched fan experience.