The House Of “M”: GFW/Impact vs New Japan

Hello WNW people! Mitch “Big M” Adams here welcoming you to my fortnightly editorial on Wrestling News World called…THE HOUSE OF “M”. This being my house, I get to talk about what I want to talk about and share my opinions on the art form known as Pro Wrestling. Although, I should point out that I’m only renting this house from WNW, so obviously the views I express here are solely mine alone!

If you don’t agree with me, I’m more than willing to hear you out as you are as entitled to your opinion as much as I am entitled to mine. But, just remember you're a guest in my house, so try to keep things civil!

I wanted to get this article out so much sooner than I have. But life, unfortunately, kept getting in the way. But maybe that was a blessing in disguise because it gave me a chance to re-watch both The G1 Special shows and Slammiversary XV and form a firm conclusion. And that conclusion is…WWE has actual competition!

Now before you blow a gasket, no one is saying WWE is not the biggest Pro Wrestling company in the world…because it still is! And no one is saying that will change anytime soon…because it won’t! BUT, what I am saying is that while WWE is the biggest, they are far from the best. Fan apathy and frustration towards the WWE product is at an all-time high right now, and if anyone wanted to start trying to cut into WWE’s bottom line, now is honestly the perfect time.

But which company should be the one to try and give Vince McMahon headaches? Obviously, after the stellar weekend of Wrestling New Japan and GFW/Impact gave us on July first and second, it should probably be one of those two. But which one? Which company has the best chance at stealing fans away from WWE and grow as a brand? Well, I thought I’d try to answer that question by getting both companies in the ring and scoring a five round fight between the two. Each round has an area of the business that any Pro Wrestling company needs to be good at to succeed. The company who wins the most rounds wins the fight.

Oh, and unlike the Horn vs Pacquiaofight, they will be new re-scoring that showed the person who won, did so fair and square! So if you don’t like the result and want to go on a tear like Tony Atlas did at the Battle of Brisbane, tough luck!

So without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen….LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

Round One: The Venue

GFW/Impact have run 90% of their shows at Universal Studious in Orlando throughout its history. It’s a venue where they are not allowed to sell tickets and even though it’s facilities are state of the art it’s a venue that just feels soulless! And yet, I feel the need to give GFW/Impact the win in this round. Why do you ask? Simple really! New Japan completely underestimated the demand for their product overseas. They booked a small venue with the aim of selling two thousand tickets for each show thinking it would take a while to do so. Instead, it took them two hours.

If New Japan can sell that many tickets to shows that quick, they could easily fill a twenty thousand seat arena with little effort. It was a significant missed opportunity on their part and the venue they did pick honestly looked like crap!

Winner Of Round One: GFW/Impact

Round Two: Match Quality

GFW/Impact put on a good all-round show at Slammaversary! They have a good roster all willing to put the work in and deliver a great performance every time. Highlights of the show for me were the Strap match between EC3 and James Storm, plus the mixed tag Full Metal Mayhem match. But if you were to compare the action between G1 USA and Slammersary, it’s easy to see who the winner of this round would be.

The action New Japan Pro Wrestling put on is simply on another level. A level I don’t think any company past or present can match.

Winner Of Round Two: New Japan (Landslide)

Round Three: Memorable Moments 

As far as memorable moments go, there was plenty to be had on both shows! From The Sinister Minister himself Father James Mitchell making his shocking return to the Impact Zone to help Joseph Park transform back into the Monster Abyss. To Kenny Omega becoming the very first IWGP U.S. Champion and cutting an epic promo afterwards. But if you want to talk history in the making and moments that will live on forever? You have to be talking about New Japan’s first venture into the U.S market. The G1 shows were simply put two of the best pro wrestling events I have ever watched.

Winner Of Round Three: New Japan

Round Four: Production Value 

I don’t know who AXS TV hired to run the G1 USA production. But whoever they are they should be fired immediately. Thank goodness the wrestling was so good that people were willing to put up with things like overlapping audio and microphones that either didn’t work or had a tonne of distortion. And as much as I love Jim Ross, he stunk the joint out on commentary. He did not do his research and came in unprepared to call both events.

As much as we like to make fun off GFW/Impact, they do have a decent production team capable of fine things.

Winner Of Round Four: GFW/Impact (Landslide)

Round Five: Social Media Buzz

Myself, Thomas Fenton and CJ Blaze ran WNW’s social media accounts during G1 USA and Slammiversary. And we kept a very close eye on the numbers both companies were drawing. On the first night of the G1 New Japan was the top trend on all of Twitter. Social Media was on fire for this historic broadcast on AXS TV. However, the second night of the G1 wasn’t even in the top twenty trends on Twitter!

Slammiversary became the top trend on July second, but we are all in agreement that this was due to the fact it was on PPV in the US while the second night of the G1 was only Live on New Japan’s streaming service which does not have a lot of U.S. subscribers.

But never the less both shows drew impressive numbers on social media, so I’m calling this round a draw!

Winner Of Round Five: Draw


And The Undisputed Winner Is…Us, The Pro Wrestling Fans  

I was never going to declare either company the winner. Because in the end it truly doesn’t matter. In the first weekend of July, both companies proved that WWE is NOT the only game in town. Both companies gave us a viable alternative to the crap WWE’s puts on our TV screens every single week. And that WNW people can only be a good thing for the industry and us dumb fans who follow it!

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  • live1213

    GFW product has vast improve but, New Japan has more people in experience from owner ship down, GFW has Jeff, Pritchard, and Dunn. Plus New Japan willing to do simple things to improve such as U.S. title.The WWE U.S. title just use the title to create super fan fare. The GFW could do the same thing James Storm vs EC3 or from some one from Noah, Cmill, or any organization. Look at the American Cowboy James Storm vs. Eli Drake (Dusty Rhodes vs Tully Blanchard)

  • Expose Them All

    As soon as I saw the irrelevant comparison to GFW and New Japan, I nearly threw my computer since WNW is usually a respectable site but I cannot fathom how anyone and I mean anyone would compare the two since !mpact, GFW or whatever they are calling themselves this week has d one some of the worst tv ever aside from WWE, especially given with the biggest debacle being they hired another former WWE wrestler and gave him their main title at their first ppv from a guy that’s had tumultuous and notorious past (look up the shit he was involved in Austria just early this year) and mainly because Alberto The Coward shows no loyalty to any company unless you push him to the main event right off the start, a problem WWE did and now he’s Impact/GFW champion and with them keeping him as their champion with the most recent problems is doing more damage to the company then ever along with their atrocious story lines like the ones they have now but then again anything they involve Grado is so annoying isn’t doing the company any favors. These people are some of the worst characters ever…oh and bringing back Joseph Park along with having the worst feuds/angles ever between Borash and the Michael Cole wanna be shows the upside down direction they are in and anyone that takes this company seriously should seek mental help immediately. They push aside a guy like Drake who has been one of the most entertaining personas in sometime to a forgettable tag team and for what? To push another former WWE guy who is a possible woman beater. Anyone who beats on a women is a coward hence the name given. Nice one dumb asses.

    Meanwhile how people even consider WWE still the the top wrestling company in the world is purely ignorant. Sure if you want to make money and have alot of people watching but it doesn’t necessitate in it being regarded as a company to be considered the best right now especially since their so called “Universal” Champion hardly shows up and the match with Joe was only a little over 10 mins and the brand extension hasn’t helped much since it does the company no good when they have two champions on each show. There should only be one world champion or ONE champion of the company to represent them as a whole entity, not have two or even three of them. Iti defeats the entire purpose of being called a World Champion but WWE does this for two reasons. 1) To garner more revenue for themselves because they know loyalists will dish out whatever money they have no matter how shitty the company has been. 2) To give the illusion that no other company matters and that they have to give themselves competition when it’s the same bleeping company and then there is NXT which is just a glorified and high profiled developmental brand that has been bringing in talents from all over the world until they learn the WWE style then they get called up to one of the other brands. The second reason is mentioned is why they felt to make their own “Universe’ but it still doesn’t justify why there is someone called a Universal Champion. I mean what is it? Are aliens going to come down and challenge for the title? Are they expecting some unknown force to come in and do the same? Do they plan on building a rocket ship and taking the title to another planet and challenging someone like say Mars since it’s the closet one to earth. It’s an asinine concept.

    Besides it looking like Big Red the chewing gum, it is also one of the ugliest looking titles and is the same looking as the Women’s or rather Raw’s Women’s belt with the only exception that the belt color is white but does that mean the women’s title is just as important or even more since they seem to have been doing more with some of the women then anything Lesnar has done all year despite Sasha being a snobby and stuck up bitch who’s about as fake as Nikki Bella’s tits.

    The sheer fact that New Japan World has only has been around for 3 years and already has
    the number of subscribers with it rising over the years shows they don’t need all the content that WWE provides while their viewership has been declining for years do to bad booking and mostly pushing undeserving guys like Reigns only do to his bloodline when in reality he is nothing more than a prick and puts down people who actually watch the product but even they aren’t very bright as well not someone who clearly cannot take criticism and on top of that while WWE lowers the live audience every time he comes out shows they don’t care what the fans think. It’s the sole reason people are tuning out and now they are trying to push yet another Green Giant in Strowman to be perceived as some monster? Give me a break. The guy moves about as fast as Khali but because he can lift an ambulance with WWE magic, fans are suppose to take him as a threat? Nope. All these so called wrestling sites are always praising WWE and sickening since they don’t give two shits if you buy a ticket or not, they are going to do what they want and instead of turning the channel, those are willingly to blindly follow them.

    Meanwhile New Japan has been pushing the boundaries with the talent they have even with WWE’s raid or lack thereof a year ago and have had some of the best shows and main events for sometime now but I don’t expect people who are always going to looking to criticize and live in the past like Cornette to fully comprehend what exactly they are set out to do and that is become the best WRESTLING company in the world while WWE continues to show more of an entertainment side which include some of the worst segments ever and always pushing shitty content on their network like Total Divas/Bellas and fans are suppose to take women’s wrestling let alone this company serious as being the best in the world while also promoting attention whores all the time like that idiot Lozo Ball. They waste air time on these fools that think they are celebrities because other dumb ass people ESPN and other Sports networks and sites give them the attention they are so desperate for when you have to be completely ignorant to buy anything from some jerk off that considers himself a “baller” which if is living off his sons wealth and fame since he never achieved much of anything.

    Then there’s Impact/GFW who follow just about anything WWE does and clearly have no future vision besides still doing the same shit they’ve be doing for years. Just because you change the name give people a song and dance indicating you are set out to make wrestling great again a load of bullshit since their hasn’t been a good show since the influx of talent and always showing Karen who has no business being anywhere near a wrestling set but because who’s she married to and those fools at Anthem give Jeff free reign, they can pretty much do what they want. No matter
    how Impact/GFW consider themselves any competition to any of the major companies in Japan like NJPW or Dragon Gate, heck I’ll take the DDT or even the recent All Japan or any Indy company like Beyond or Freelance Wrestling that doesn’t need a big budget to get their product interested in but do have some of the best talent that doesn’t have be on tv or signed to them or WWE and those that try to compare !mpact/GFW to what these companies are doing is a joke and not a very funny one and those that use social media as a basis for comparison should do some actual research.