Various: NJPW Launching New TAMASHII Brand, Velveteen Arrests Update, WOW TV Airing Update

NJPW Announces Launch of New TAMASHII Brand for Oceania Market

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced that they will be launching a new brand called TAMASHII for their New Zealand and Australian markets.

It was also announced that the first two events held under this new brand will take place on November 11th in Christchurch, New Zealand and November 13th in Sydney, Australia. It was also announced that tickets for both events will officially go on sale starting this Friday.

Official press release:

NJPW launches new TAMASHII brand with the best of Japan, Australasia

Christchurch, Sydney to see KENTA, Ishimori and the best from NZ Dojo and beyond this November

Tokyo/Auckland September 8 2022

New Japan Pro-Wrestling is excited to announce the November launch of NJPW TAMASHII, a new brand that will see the best of NJPW in Japan compete with the cream of NJPW’s New Zealand Dojo, as well as the best talents from Australasia.

Meaning ‘spirit’, or ‘soul’,  TAMASHII is the logical continuation of the philosophy behind NJPW STRONG in the United States, which has seen established names from NJPW compete with brand new prospects emerging from NJPW’s LA Dojo, as well as the best from the local scene.

The first NJPW TAMASHII event will take place on November 11 in the Pioneer Recreation & Sport Center in Christchurch New Zealand. Sunday November 13 will see TAMASHII hit Liberty Hall in Sydney Australia.

Already signed for the debut NJPW TAMASHII events are big names from BULLET CLUB. KENTA, who wrestled on the very first official match for NJPW STRONG in 2020, is joined by IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori and the Rogue general Bad Luck Fale.

Fale is the principal force behind NJPW’s New Zealand Dojo, the rising prospects of which are set to be highlighted and developed through TAMASHII events, having already been focused on in the Lion’s Roar docuseries on NJPW World.

‘This was once the most popular professional wrestling territory in the world,’ Fale commented. ‘Now with so much talent in Australasia, it was logical to expand the New Japan brand in the territory. We’re very excited for what the future holds.’

Representative Director for NJPW Takami Ohbari stated ‘New Zealand, and Oceania at large is a rapidly growing professional wrestling market rife with strong potential talent. It’s for that reason that we established the New Zealand Dojo, and why these events are so important for NJPW’s ongoing global expansion. The last time NJPW was involved in events in New Zealand specifically was all the way back in 2016, so I thank our Kiwi fans for their patience. Whether from the NZ Dojo, or further afield, you’ll see the same fighting spirit that is uniquely NJPW’s throughout these events. I hope you come to experience them for yourself, and know that TAMASHII is the place to find genuine Strong Style action in Oceania.’

‘We have been working hard to develop and refine our teaching to provide the best possible training,’ remarked NZ Dojo Head Coach Tony Kozina. ‘The Young Lions that have earned a place on these debut events all possess top notch work ethic and strive to go beyond their best both in and out of the ring. On November 11 and 13 the world will see what we are capable of’.

Tickets for both NJPW TAMASHII events will go on sale on September 9 at 12AM midnight from Eventfinda (NZ) and 10AM AET from Moshtix (AU). We look forward to allowing fans to experience the next stage in NJPW’s international expansion and to be in on the ground floor of a new era for professional wrestling in the Australasian market

More on Velveteen Dream’s Multiple Arrests This Past August

As noted before, former WWE talent Velveteen Dream, real name Patrick Clark, was arrested twice this past August in Florida for various charges.

TMZ reported that Clark’s arrest on August 20th was due to him being involved in an incident at a gym in Florida where he allegedly attacked an employee based on recent police documents.

The documents reportedly stated that Clark had gotten into a heated argument with an employee at the gym following him being told to leave the venue due to it being closed for cleaning. The employee reportedly claimed that Clark then went off on him threatening to kill him and punched him resulting in a fight between the two. During this fight, Clark allegedly bit the employee and “officers arrested Clark after they observed teeth marks on the employee’s ‘left chest near the left armpit.”

WOW TV Broadcast Listings for Top US Markets

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources recently confirmed the broadcast listings for Women of Wrestling’s relaunch of their weekly WOW TV series for the major television markets in the United States.

New York City – WLNY channel 55 at 11 PM EST.

Los Angeles – KCAL channel 9 at 2 AM Pacific.

Chicago – WCIU – CW26 at 12 PM Central.

Philadelphia –  WPSG – CW 57 at 11 PM Eastern.

Dallas/Fort. Worth – KTXA-TV at 1 AM Central.

San Francisco – CW affiliate KBCW 44 – 2:30 AM Pacific

Atlanta – WUPA CW affiliate channel 69 – 12 AM Eastern.

Houston – KIAH – 12 AM Central.

Washington, DC – WDCW channel 50 – 2 PM Eastern

Boston – WSBK MyNetworkTV38  – 12 AM Eastern.

Richmond, VA – CW Richmond Channel 65 – 10 PM Eastern.

Charlotte, NC – WCCB Charlotte CW at 7 PM and 11 PM Eastern.

Cincinnati – WSTR 64 – 12 AM Eastern.

Minneapolis – CW channel 23 – 1 PM Central.