Billionaire, television personality and potential politician Mark Cuban is the chairman of AXS TV. He’s long involved himself in the wrestling business, appearing on WWE shows (taking RKOs and getting put through a table in the process), putting Ring of Honor (ROH) on his HDNet channel last decade and now working with New Japan Pro Wrestling’s distributor TV ASAHI Corporation to create an English language show for New Japan.
AXS TV isn’t available everywhere, but it is finding footing by adding streaming services like Sling to its existing cable partners.
WWE Hall of Famer announcer Jim Ross, who is rumored to be signing a new contract with AXS to continue calling New Japan soon, is key to the product.
Still, he understands that he’s not going to take down WWE with NJPW and AXS. Asked if Vince McMahon views them as a threat, he pointed to the language barrier as the main problem.
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