California based wrestling promotion Pro Wrestling Revolution has put in some work as of late with Masked Republic, an entertainment company on several platforms, to acquire a P-3 group visa for 37 professional wrestlers from Japan.
This will allow stars from Japan’s Pro Wrestling NOAH and Dragon Gate Japan Pro-Wrestling to wrestle in Pro Wrestling Revolution starting later this year.
When Masked Republic completed the first Expo Lucha visa this past year, it ended up allowing fifty luchadores to wrestle in the United States. One of the people lending assistance is Gabriel Ramirez, the owner of PWR. Ramirez has made it his focus to help provide Japanese talent a group visa to work at PWR shows in the U.S. while Masked Republic advised and assisted.
Ramirez recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, where he talked about
“We’re combining these Japanese promotions’ storied athleticism and fighting spirit with the high-flying spectacle of the Pro Wrestling Revolution roster. California pro wrestling fans have a lot to look forward to in 2022.“
“We’re bringing the hard-hitting puroresu style of Japanese wrestling to Pro Wrestling Revolution. It is a chance to combine lucha libre and puroresu, two styles which have been closely associated over the years. Now, we’re bringing this Mexico-Japan wrestling connection to the States.”
“We look forward to what this is going to bring to pro wrestling in America and Japan. This will also allow NOAH and Dragon Gate to run full-fledged shows here.”
“With next year’s WrestleMania in California, we are exploring holding a big event, almost like WrestleCon, but it will be PuroresuCon. Moving forward, there is limitless potential.“
The list of talent with approved VISA’s coming in is impressive, including GHC Heavyweight Champion Go Shiozaki, the legendary Great Muta, Naomichi Marufuji, Kazuyuki Fujita, Eita, Masakatsu Funaki, Kai, Yamato and Dragon Dia.
The first Pro Wrestling Revolution show featuring stars from Japan will take place in November at PWR’s “King of the Indies” tournament. There is also enormous potential moving forward, including the possibility of PWR events in Japan.
The next PWR show will be held on July 30th.
H/T Sports Illustrated and Justin Barrasso for the quotes.
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