The Fuji TV network in Japan have announced that a new show titled “THE Spirit – Project To Discover Wrestlers With A Fighting Spirit” will begin airing from January 9th, with New Japan Pro Wrestling star Kazuchika Okada to serve as a lead trainer on the series.

The program, which was a special project for the 50th Anniversary of New Japan Pro Wrestling, will feature recruits from all over Japan who aspire to become professional wrestlers.

Speaking about the series, Okada had the following to say, “I am looking forward to seeing how the training with the trainees will develop. First and foremost, I hope that the trainees will be able to feel how hard they are working for the introductory test. The seniors who are active in TV programs now also experienced quite severe training when they were young. They do 500 squats as a matter of course, and they also do other rigorous menus such as sit-ups and back-ups. So I think that even if people who like pro wrestling watch the show, they will feel once again that pro wrestlers are amazing. By the way, I, Okada, am getting scarier with each broadcast (laughs). We have various senior wrestlers as special coaches, and they are also scary (laughs). But I hope that the audience will see the fear and the growth process of the trainees who endure the rigorous training, and that they will be empowered by the program and think, these kids are doing their best, so I will do my best too. I hope that this will be an opportunity for them to learn more about the world of professional wrestling, and I hope that they will also enjoy watching the program and learning about the process of becoming a professional wrestler, which is something they don’t usually get to see!”