In an update on the news that was revealed this week that Harold Meij would be stepping down as the President and CEO of New Japan Pro Wrestling, effective October 23rd, with Takami Ohbari to replace him, a report from The Wrestling Observer has provided additional details on Meij’s departure.

According to the report, Meij had become somewhat of a controversial figure during his time in charge of the company and was not well liked by a lot of the American talent due to the way that he handled the departure of much of the foreign talents when they left to form All Elite Wrestling and that while the likes of The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson), “Hangman” Adam Page and Cody attempted to create a relationship between the two companies, New Japan Pro Wrestling at the time considered them to be dispensable, with the exception to this being Kenny Omega, who they believed would remain with the company due to his ties to Japan and that this was even as Omega was insisting that he drop the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom that year.

The report adds that while business remained strong in 2019 after losing the talents to All Elite Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling’s popularity in the United States had fallen greatly during that period and that then, they lost their United States television deal with AXS, as the station was purchased by Anthem Entertainment, the parent company of IMPACT Wrestling and were told that they would only be able to keep their television show on AXS if they ended their business dealings with Ring Of Honor Wrestling to work with IMPACT Wrestling instead, however New Japan Pro Wrestling were not willing to do that, which led to their United States television deal coming to an end.