STARDOM and NJPW complete their fusion

The two sister federations under Bushiroad became one

by Simone Brugnoli
STARDOM and NJPW complete their fusion
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In April, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) announced the purchase of Bushiroad Fight, the parent company of STARDOM. The news was that Bushiroad Fight would be renamed STARDOM and the merger would be completed on June 28, 2024 and indeed it was.

In the announcement it had been specified that the objective of the acquisition was, "To improve the operating efficiency and to reduce the redundancies inside the sporting unit of Bushiroad," and now the two have a chance to prove it after confirming that the merger has been completed so STARDOM has become a subsidiary of NJPW.

As we know well, the two companies have recently started to collaborate more and more also doing joint events where they mixed their two rosters, one completely male and one completely female, to create a mixed event that could satisfy everyone and involve more and more athletes.

In addition, the Joshi STARDOM were also featured with some matches in exclusive NJPW events.

STARDOM and NJPW join forces

In February 2024, like a bolt from the blue, Bushiroad, owner of STARDOM and NJPW, had issued a statement indicating the termination of the contract of Rossy Ogawa, or the founder of STARDOM, Joshi federation: "We would like to inform you that Bushiroad Fight Inc.

(the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed a business consignment contract (the "Contract") with Mr. Rossy Ogawa. We are pleased to inform you that we have terminated the business consignment agreement (the "Contract") with Rossy Ogawa from 4 February 2024.

Since 2019, the company has entered into an agreement with Rossy Ogawa, the founder of STARDOM, and invited him to work as an executive producer and entrusted him with tasks related to STARDOM. However, we recently learned that Mr.

Rossy Ogawa embezzled a number of athletes and STARDOM staff members, and we decided to rescind this deal. We sincerely apologize for any concern this may have caused. We, the workers and staff of STARDOM, will continue to make concerted efforts to further develop STARDOM and to offer enthusiasm to our fans.

We look forward to your continued support." This gave the green light for a much closer collaboration between AEW and STARDOM, as according to Tony Khan Rossy Ogawa was preventing his wrestlers from crossing paths with AEW, So much so that since he left many fighters of the promotion Joshi have gone to fight in both AEW and ROH, with their involvement finally this weekend at AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door, As we know, AEW and NJPW have been partners for some time.