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My thoughts on the NJPW World streaming Service

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Mesme Rize

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It took quite awhile for me to finally get this. But finally, after a Paypal option was created, i bought myself a subscription for NJPW World, New Japan Pro Wrestlings answer to the WWE Network. How well does it hold up?

First of all, i must say that it's cheaper then the WWE Network. NJPW World only costs 999 Yen a month, which is 7,40€ in europe so that is already a big plus.

Their Menu needs a bit to get used to, but it's good overall. You might be a bit shocked at first at the japanese signs, but you can also switch to an english version for us Gaijins. :P

NJPW World has a big archive of matches all throughout their history, from today till Antonio inoki found it in 1973. Most of the 70s and 80s stuff are not full shows but only single matches, but it's not that bad. They even have some of the cross promotion shows they had with the WWF, WCW and All Japan pro Wrestling. for fans of wrestling history, it's truly nice to look at.

There are several special features, like a G1 special page, where you can find all the tournaments that go back till 2007 or special shows like Wrestle Kingdom and Dominion. the stream also offers all current and past episodes of the Tiger Mask W Anime, which great for people who want to watch it, but are not interested enough in anime to buy a crunchyroll subscription.

NJPW World also has exclusive behind the scenes interviews and documentaries in store, even with english subtitles for those who are not capable of the japanese language. Most of the Documentaries are very well done and also makes some of the top guys in New Japan more interesting.

Of course, there are livestreams going on if there are Live shows and not just New Japan. Besides New Japan, the stream also shows special events from mexicos CMLL and special shows of Americas Ring of Honor, which are most of the time crossover shows with New Japan. Shows most of the time come with american commentary by former WWE and ROH worker Kevin Kelly and the former extreme intellectual Don Callis, who was known in ECW as Cyrus the Virus.

 

All in all, i would recommend it for the people who are big fans of New Japan. This is a very good streaming service and a good way to support this promotion.

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Thanks for reminding me that I need to finish watching King Of Pro-Wres. 

Also one thing to add on is that NJPW world also has events shown in full, where as in Japan they'd only get edited together for their weekly shows. 

You get to see house show events, over seas tours, anniversary and tribute shows, and of course co-promotion events in full, like the 3 day NJPW x CMLL show: Fantasticamania, or the two night NJPW x ROH show: Honor Rising, which ROH TV only shows highlights of. 

Say, you get to watch the British J cup? It's blocked over here. 

That is one downside. Some events are region locked, mostly when they air matches from ROH ppvs, cause ROH doesn't want their ppv revenue taking a hit cause of New Japan.

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11 minutes ago, Denim&Venom said:

Thanks for reminding me that I need to finish watching King Of Pro-Wres. 

Also one thing to add on is that NJPW world also has events shown in full, where as in Japan they'd only get edited together for their weekly shows. 

You get to see house show events, over seas tours, anniversary and tribute shows, and of course co-promotion events in full, like the 3 day NJPW x CMLL show: Fantasticamania, or the two night NJPW x ROH show: Honor Rising, which ROH TV only shows highlights of. 

Say, you get to watch the British J cup? It's blocked over here. 

That is one downside. Some events are region locked, mostly when they air matches from ROH ppvs, cause ROH doesn't want their ppv revenue taking a hit cause of New Japan.

Yeah, i also need to finish watching it. :P

The cross events with CMLL actually made me appreciate the promotion alot. Before that, i really wasn't that interested in mexican wrestling.

I can watch the british cup in full. I guess it's only for the european crowd to watch, which i don't really understand. :/

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Wasn't into Lucha all that much either. The last Lucha program in the states, Lucha Libre USA, died out in 2012. MTV's attempt to get back into the wrestling game after loosing the rights to Sunday Night Heat, and doing a piss poor job of editing Wrestling Society X. Got to say, wasn't impressed. 

The thing that convinced me to give it another go, was Lucha Underground, who consequently, are w/ CMLLs rivals, AAA. Think what would've happen if the Mondya Night Wars moved to mexico and never ended. 

 

Just checked. Yep. still locked. 

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Our service is not available in your area.

 

My guess is that they're trying to get Americans to shell out for their on demand network, while they think the rest of Europe might be watching through TV deals as is. 

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