In a fair and just 2018, there’d be no doubt about the value add of female wrestlers to any promotion. Especially a promotion with ready access to many of the absolute, bar-none most talented women on the planet.
But, as we are reminded every day, the world is a dark place filled with awful things like having to hear or say the words “President Trump.”
So, being realistic about the overall level of growth across the world, we should not expect a promotion like New Japan Pro Wrestling to suddenly buck their own traditions and bring women onto their roster.
The same reason the NBA doesn't have women playing the odd number quarters. https://t.co/z9jGrL61J7— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) June 12, 2018
It's way over your head I guess. Their fan base has never asked for it. It is not an issue. The same way it's not an issue in the NBA, or soccer, or why WWE doesn't have minis or exoticos isn't wrong just because AAA has them.— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) June 13, 2018
The debate over whether or not NJPW should begin featuring women kicks up every time a big show goes down. And with Dominion providing my two personal top matches of 2018 (Okada/Omega & Jericho/Naito), it’s no surprise the conversation has been going for days once again — though boosted yesterday through Meltzer’s above tweets.
There are a variety of angles at play. Some say the promotion needs to bring in women to have their international push taken more seriously.
Meanwhile, NJPW is trying to become a worldwide company. If they want to be a worldwide company, then they need to get past “well, Japan has always had separate women’s promotions,” because that’s not going to fly elsewhere.— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) June 12, 2018
Others are on the side of “tradition,” or, simply that there’s no compelling “obligation” for the promotion to take the leap.
NJPW isn't obligated from a moral or business perspective to book anyone. NJPW is not obligated from a moral or business perspective to prop up Joshi.— Voices of Wrestling (@voiceswrestling) June 12, 2018
Maybe they'll book women some day. Maybe they won't. Couldn't care less either way. The idea they *have* to is nonsense. -J
CMLL was cajoled into having a women's division. It's really bad right now because they see it as something they have to do but not something they're at all interested in doing. You might be able to succeed in guilting NJPW into doing the same, but you'd hate the results.— luchablog (@luchablog) June 12, 2018
Ultimately, Meltzer circled back around to one of the reasons Joshi fans may want to avoid calling for the change to happen.
Do people realize they'll ruin Joshi unless they just bring women is as undercard special attractions that work other places? Taking the top talent is akin to what happened in the US in the late 80s, which was a bad thing overall for jobs. https://t.co/icPv67aRNm— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) June 12, 2018
It may not be a good enough reason to not see the excellent available Joshi talent make their way to NJPW, but maybe it’s enough to stem the discussion for now. And we can hope one day women making it to NJPW is in line with a larger push to address gender issues that still quietly plague Japan.
While the idea of NJPW potentially “ruining” Joshi by soaking up top talent and not being able to properly utilize them while the all-women promotions suffer the fallout may placate some, there are others who see the narrative being pushed as arguing in bad faith.
Allow me to reiterate. NJPW doesn't "need" to book women. I didn't say they did. The narrative I mentioned is horseshit, though, as are several others. They don't want to book them and don't have to. https://t.co/7tmPvoavTM— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) June 12, 2018
Even if unlikely, the opportunity is there for NJPW to test the waters with some showcase matches and see how their fanbase take to the idea.
What’s there to lose really? Aside from a few of the endless multi-man matches that litter every card.
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- Bald Baron Corbin spent part of his recent haircut making sure the “losers on Twitter” would be suitably bummed out by the move.
- Raw’s ratings were up a tick this week, which feels like the first time in a while I’ve typed that.
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- Wendy’s and Joey Ryan had a moment on Twitter.
- ROH goes MSG in 2019.
- Jericho could have been All In, but he didn’t want to do anything to disrespect Vince McMahon.
That’ll do it for today.
Unless you want to listen to my pitch for a Hollywood blockbuster.