DSport, the sports TV channel of Discovery Communications India, has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights of Japan’s largest professional wrestling promotion and the second largest promotion in the world – the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW).
It already has a strong portfolio of wrestling properties, including American Ring of Honor and Lucha Underground. The rights have been acquired from Japanese producer and broadcaster TV Asahi Corporation. ‘New Japan Pro-Wrestling: King of Sports’ will be telecast on DSport at 9pm every Monday starting November 20. With the latest acquisition, DSport has broadcast rights for more than 150 hours of fresh wrestling content.
NJPW, over the last few years, has seen unprecedented growth in its fan following across the globe. NJPW, which has been existent for over four decades now, has also seen participation from some WWE legends like The Undertaker, Sting & Hulk Hogan in the past. Some of the current superstars of the promotion are – Kazuchika Okada – IWGP Heavyweight Champion; Kenny Omega – IWGP US Heavyweight Champion; Hiroshi Tanahashi – IWGP Intercontinental Champion; and Tetsuya Naito, the Leader of Los Ingobernables de Japón.
NJPW currently has eight titles for which the wrestlers compete – IWGP Heavyweight; IWGP Intercontinental; IWGP United States Heavyweight; IWGP Junior Heavyweight; IWGP Tag Team; IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team; Never Openweight and Never Openweight 6-man Tag Team Championships. The NJPW also hosts several tournaments round the year, some of the most renowned among them are – Wrestle Kingdom, G1 Climax; World Tag League, New Japan Cup and Best of the Super Juniors.