New Japan Pro Wrestling confirmed earlier in the day that their President and CEO Harold Meij will be leaving the company next month.
Meij will be succeeded by current NJPW America President Takami Ohbari. Meij will remain in power until October 23rd.
Wrestling Observer Radio had interesting news on Meij’s exit from the company. Meij wanted to bring NJPW up to $100 million in revenue by the end of 2020. These numbers were quite improbable, as NJPW failed to land a major TV deal in the United States.
NJPW’s deal with AXS TV was terminated after Anthem purchased AXS TV and began broadcasting their own show, Impact, on the network.
The exit of stars like Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks also hurt the company greatly, which led to Meij’s target becoming unachievable and eventually led to his departure from the company.