List of New Japan Pro-Wrestling personnel

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling (新日本プロレス, Shin Nihon Puroresu) (NJPW), is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion based in Nakano, Tokyo. New Japan Pro-Wrestling personnel consists of professional wrestlers, managers, play-by-play and color commentators, ring announcers, interviewers, referees, trainers, producers, script writers, and various other positions. Executives and board members are also listed.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling contracts typically range from full-time contracts to freelancer deals. Personnel appear on live events which are televised on their own streaming service, NJPW World.

Personnel is organised below by their role in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Their ring name is on the left and their real name is on the right. Anybody inactive for a considerable amount of time is acknowledged. This list also acknowledges which Unit a wrestler is a part of. This is listed as it is considered an important part of the NJPW experience. (L) also indicates the leader of the group.

As of writing, there are only 3 units who aren’t affiliated with the Main Unit as Chaos are allied with the Main Unit. These are:

Roster[edit]

Heavyweight division[edit]

Ring name Real name Unit [1][2] Notes
Bad Luck Fale[3] Fale Simitaitoko[4] Bullet Club
Brody King Nate Blauvelt Villain Enterprises Signed to Ring of Honor
Chase Owens[5][6] Chase Owens Bullet Club [7]
Chris Jericho[8][9] Christopher Irvine Unaffiliated Non-exclusively signed to All Elite Wrestling[10]
Colt Cabana[11] Scott Colton Unaffiliated Freelancer[12]
David Finlay[13] David Finlay III Main unit Inactive, shoulder injury[14]
Evil[15] Takaaki Watanabe Los Ingobernables de Japon
Great O-Kharn[16] Tomoyuki Oka[17] Main unit On excursion at Revolution Pro Wrestling
Hikuleo[18] Taula Fifita[19] Bullet Club On excursion at Revolution Pro Wrestling
Hirooki Goto[20] Hirooki Goto[21] Chaos
Hiroshi Tanahashi[22] Hiroshi Tanahashi[23] Main unit
Hiroyoshi Tenzan[24] Hiroyoshi Yamamoto Main unit
Jay White[25] Jay White Bullet Club (L)
Jeff Cobb[26] Jeffrey Cobb ROH Signed to Ring of Honor
Jon Moxley[27][28] Jonathan Good Unaffiliated IWGP United States Champion
Non-exclusively signed to All Elite Wrestling
Juice Robinson[29] Joseph Robinson Main unit
Kazuchika Okada[30] Kazuchika Okada Chaos (L) IWGP Heavyweight Champion
Kenta Kenta Kobayashi Bullet Club Freelancer
Kota Ibushi[31] Kota Ibushi Main unit [32]
Lance Archer[33] Lance Hoyt Suzuki-gun
Manabu Nakanishi Manabu Nakanishi Main unit
Mikey Nicholls[34] Michael Nicholls Chaos Freelancer
Minoru Suzuki Minoru Suzuki Suzuki-gun (L)
Freelancer
Sanada Seiya Sanada Los Ingobernables de Japon
Satoshi Kojima Satoshi Kojima Main unit
Taichi Taichiro Maki Suzuki-gun
Tama Tonga Alipate Leone Bullet Club IWGP Tag Team Champion
Tanga Loa Tevita Fifita Bullet Club IWGP Tag Team Champion
Tetsuya Naito Tetsuya Naito Los Ingobernables de Japon (L) IWGP Intercontinental Champion
Toa Henare Aaron Henry Main unit
Togi Makabe Shinya Makabe G • B • H (L) NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Tomoaki Honma Tomoaki Honma G • B • H
Tomohiro Ishii Tomohiro Ishii Chaos NEVER Openweight Champion
Toru Yano Toru Yano Chaos NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Yoshi-Hashi Nobuo Yoshihashi Chaos
Yuji Nagata Yuji Nagata Main unit
Yujiro Takahashi Yujiro Takahashi Bullet Club
Zack Sabre Jr. Lucas Eatwell Suzuki-gun RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion

Junior heavyweight division[edit]

Ring name Real name Unit [1][2] Notes
Alex Coughlin Alex Coughlin L.A. Dojo
Bandido Undisclosed ROH Signed to Ring of Honor
Bushi Tetsuya Shimizu Los Ingobernables de Japon
Chris Sabin Joshua Harter ROH Inactive: torn ACL[35][36]
Freelancer
Clark Connors Clark Connors L.A. Dojo
Douki Tatsuya Hayama Suzuki-gun Freelancer
Dragon Lee Undisclosed CMLL Signed to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
El Desperado Kyosuke Mikami Suzuki-gun Inactive: broken jaw
El Phantasmo Riley Vigier Bullet Club IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion
Freelancer
Flip Gordon Travis Lopes Jr. Villain Enterprises Signed to Ring of Honor
Gedo Keiji Takayama Bullet Club Co-head booker
Hiromu Takahashi Hiromu Takahashi Los Ingobernables de Japon Inactive: Neck injury
Jado Shoji Akiyoshi Bullet Club Co-head booker
Jonathan Gresham Jonathan Gresham ROH Signed to Ring of Honor
Jushin Thunder Liger Keiichi Yamada Main unit
Karl Fredericks Karl Fredericks L.A. Dojo
Kawato-san Hirai Kawato Main unit On excursion in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Marty Scurll Martin Scurll Villain Enterprises[37][38] Signed to Ring of Honor
Ren Narita Ren Narita Main unit
Robbie Eagles James McMathaus Chaos Freelancer
Rocky Romero John Rivera Chaos English-language commentator
Ryusuke Taguchi Ryusuke Taguchi Main unit NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champion
Shingo Takagi Shingo Takagi Los Ingobernables de Japon
Sho Sho Tanaka Chaos
Shota Umino Shota Umino Main unit
Taiji Ishimori Taiji Ishimori Bullet Club IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion
Taka Michinoku Takao Yoshida Suzuki-gun Freelancer
Tiger Mask Yoshihiro Yamazaki Main unit
Titán Undisclosed CMLL Signed to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Volador Jr. Ramón Ibarra Rivera CMLL Signed to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Will Ospreay William Ospreay Chaos IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
Yoh Yohei Komatsu Chaos
Yoshinobu Kanemaru Yoshinobu Kanemaru Suzuki-gun
Yota Tsuji Yota Tsuji Main unit
Yuya Uemura Yuya Uemura Main unit

Other personnel[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Andrew Villalobos Andrew Villalobos Ringside assistant
Future wrestler[39]
Chris Charlton Chris Charlton English-language commentator
Translator[40]
Don Callis Donald Callis English-language commentator
Hiro Saito Hiroyuki Saito Trainer
Katsuyori Shibata Katsuyori Shibata Head trainer of the NJPW LA Dojo[41]
Kazuo Yamazaki Kazuo Yamazaki Trainer and announcer
Kenta Sato Kenta Sato Referee
Kevin Kelly Kevin Foote English-language commentator
Narrator of The Recount and The Wire[42]
Kimihiko Ozaki Kimihiko Ozaki Ring announcer
Kuniaki Kobayashi Kuniaki Kobayashi Caretaker of the NJPW Dojo
Makoto Abe Makoto Abe Ring announcer
Marty Asami Marty Asami Referee
Masayuki Hayashi Masayuki Hayashi Doctor
Michael Craven Michael Craven General Manager[43]
Writer for The Recount
Michael Richards Michael Richards Ringside assistant
Future wrestler[39]
Milano Collection A.T. Akihito Sawafuji Commentator
IWGP Championship Committee member
Red Shoes Unno Hiroyuki Umino Senior referee
Seiji Sakaguchi Seiji Sakaguchi Advisor
Shinji Yoshino Shinji Yoshino Commentator
Shinpei Nogami Shinpei Nogami Commentator
Super Strong Machine Junji Hirata Head trainer
Takeshi Misawa Takeshi Misawa Medical trainer
Tom Partridge Tom Partridge English-language commentator
Translator[44]
Tiger Hattori Masao Hattori Referee and booker[45]
Wataru Inoue Wataru Inoue Ambassador

NJPW Music Group[edit]

Name Notes
Julia Claris Musician
May's Music band
[Q]Brick Music band
Yonosuke Kitamura Composer of RM Label[46]

Corporate[edit]

Name Notes
Harold Meij President and Representative Director[47]
Junya Iwasaki Auditor
Kaoru Mikumo Director
Keizo Kayama Auditor
Michiaki Nishizawa Director
Naoki Sugabayashi Chairman of the Board
Takaaki Kidani Bushiroad Director

See also[edit]

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