The parent company of New Japan Pro Wrestling and Stardom, Bushiroad, will be implementing salary reductions for several of their executives. NJPW has not run a live event since February 26th, 2020.
According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, directors from Bushiroad will be taking pay cuts ranging from 15% to 95% depending on the person. These pay cuts will be in place from May 27th until September 2020. As of this writing, Bushiroad has not released any wrestlers from NJPW or Stardom.
In addition to pro-wrestling, Bushiroad also produces trading card games and smartphone apps.
Harold Meij On NJPW’s Return To Live Events
Harold Meij addressed NJPW’s roadmap to the return of live events recently in a YouTube video.
“New Japan is an industry leader both in Japan and worldwide,” Meij said. “With that position comes a great responsibility. As the global society holds a magnifying glass up to us, it behooves New Japan to act to the highest possible ethical standards.”
He continued to say that the promotion’s first step would be to run empty-arena show.
“This step will be taken when and only when the state of emergency restrictions are lifted, the number of new coronavirus infections declines and when matches can take place in a properly disinfected and safe setting.”
The full video of Harold Meij’s address can be viewed below: