All Japan Pro Wrestling is a legendary company in the world of wrestling, having once been home to the best wrestling on the planet during the time of the Four Pillars Of Heaven. The days of Misawa, Kobashi, Kawada and Taue are far gone; and AJPW is looking for a way to boost their business once they can get back to running shows like normal. They have a strong mens roster, with names like Kento Miyahara, Jake Lee, Shuji Ishikawa, Zeus and Suwama. Suwama in particular has an idea that could help boost their business, taking a cue from companies like WWE & All Elite Wrestling.
All Japan Pro Wrestling To Explore The Idea Of A Women’s Division
While some companies like DDT in Japan will feature both men & women on their roster, it is much more common for companies to be gender exclusive. New Japan Pro Wrestling for example will feature women as managers as seen with Miho Abe, but they won’t have them actually wrestle matches on their shows. An exception was a match at Wrestle Kingdom 14, where talent from fellow Bushi-Road owned promotion STARDOM worked a dark match before the broadcast began, bringing women’s wrestling back to the Tokyo Dome. This is the start of something potentially big, and All Japan Pro Wrestling could help boost this.
Suwama, the head of talent relations for AJPW had the following to say. “In WWE, the credibility of women wrestlers has remarkably improved in recent years, to the point they main evented Wrestlemania. In Japan, that era will come, too. We need strong guys, but we also need strong girls.” He also said he feels responsibility to lead All Japan into a new era. With the intention of establishing a women’s division in All Japan, he will begin by recruiting a female member to Evolution, one of the factions within AJPW.
This would certainly help AJPW stand out alongside companies like New Japan Pro Wrestling & Pro Wrestling NOAH. They already have some excellent hard hitting action, and this could just add some much needed variety.
Do you think All Japan Pro Wrestling adding in a women’s division would help them grow, or would splitting focus be a bad idea with business down? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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