If you watch New Japan Pro Wrestling clips in English, you’re probably doing it one of two ways. Either with Kevin Kelly and Don “Cyrus” Callis on NJPW World (or clips you find online) or through Jim Ross calling matches that are 1-5 years old on AXS TV. It may not be something you think of immediately, but those of us who enjoy watching their content have resigned to the idea that sometimes you don’t get an English dub and just have to enjoy the Japanese commentators.
Today, NJPW is taking another big step into trying to corner part of the North American market by adding an English YouTube channel. It launched today and already has a bunch of videos that were loaded up over the past month or so, complete with an intro from Kenny Omega letting you know the content is either in English, has English commentary, or has English subtitles. Clearly, this is their way of trying to get fans to check them out who may not be too keen on trying to watch it with Japanese commentary. But you know what? For decades, Japanese fans watched WWF/E, ECW, and WCW content without a translator or subtitles, and they still ate up everything American promotions had to offer… so get over it.
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