Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated has an interview with AXS TV owner Mark Cuban, who discussed NJPW airing on AXS. Below are a couple of highlights:
Wanting to expand NJPW on AXS:
“We’re looking to expand it on Friday nights. We want to do more live, as opposed to the delay, and we’re talking to them about special events.”
Paying to air Wrestle Kingdom 12 on AXS:
“We’re getting to know them better. We went from a delay to a short delay to live, so we’re going to get smarter about it. The numbers keep on going up. Other TVs are declining, and ours are going up. That’s a good sign. There are some nights when it beats MMA, it’s doing that well.”
If Vince McMahon is threatened by NJPW working with AXS:
“No, he thinks we’re just little sh—. We’re not a threat because of the language. That’s the biggest challenge, the language. But if you’re a purist for wrestling, and you like the action, it’s the best promotion by far. People here aren’t going to connect as directly, but if you really love wrestling, then it’s a no-brainer.”
Cuban also discussed Jim Ross working with AXS TV, adding more NJPW and less MMA and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.