New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) could see how again several of their talents go to WWE. After the march in 2016 of four important talents (Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura), the company could live a similar situation after the Wrestle Kingdom 13 date in which they end up closing the hiring and renewals.
Dave Meltzer, the specialized journalist of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, adds new details about the situation within the company. Meltzer expands his information from last week that there is some concern among several talents after recent changes in the directive, currently chaired by Harold Meij.
Meltzer reports that several talents who previously would never have considered taking the step towards WWE would be thinking about several offers. Others, those more willing to continue, would also be studying the option. All this arises from the discontent with the new charges such as the General Manager, Michael Craven. Meltzer details that Craven is not a well-received figure behind the scenes.
Craven has been the technology business manager at Hays Japan, where he has been hiring information technology (ICT) workers for the past 20 years. He has lived in Japan since 1998 and has been involved in the development of several managers and senior positions in technology companies in Asia. As an extra data, Craven has no previous knowledge of pro-wrestling, which would have motivated the negative reception and uncertainty about his work in the company. The fighters of the Japanese company would be unhappy to see more businessmen coming to the company without knowing a business as specific as pro-wrestling.
Movements such as Craven would have caused the motivation of the New Japan squad to have decreased. According to Meltzer, before the G1 and with the successes harvested in the United States, the staff was motivated thinking that they gave the best pro-wrestling product.
However, the last month would have seen all this altered, disappearing that good atmosphere. Some fighters, both Japanese and foreign, would have shown their distrust of the new board, noting that they feel more like “workers assembling parts in a factory” than as athletes or entertainment professionals.