Wrestling New Classic
|Founded||April 5, 2012|
|Defunct||June 26, 2014|
|Headquarters||Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo|
|Sister||Reina Joshi Puroresu|
Wrestling New Classic (WNC) (レスリング・ニュー・クラシック Resuringu Nyū Kurashikku?) was a Japanese puroresu or professional wrestling promotion, founded in April 2012 by Yoshihiro Tajiri. WNC was the follow-up promotion to Smash, which folded in March 2012.
On April 5, 2012, Tajiri held a press conference to announce the forming of Wrestling New Classic, which would hold its first two events on April 26 at Shinjuku Face and on May 24 at Korakuen Hall. The promotion's new financial backer at the time was Tsutomu Takashima, the executive director of real estate company Avance Avant Corporation, but in December 2012, he sold the company to Junko Oil President Junko Beppu. WNC continued Smash's working relationship with Finnish professional wrestling promotion Fight Club Finland. Unlike Smash, which held, on average, one event per month, WNC had a more regular schedule, producing three events in its official opening month, May 2012. The promotion is named after a comment made by final Smash Champion Dave Finlay, who, at the promotion's penultimate event, told Tajiri to "keep wrestling classic" with his new promotion. Several WNC wrestlers also booked and promoted their own events in collaboration with the promotion, including Kana's Kana Pro, Makoto's Mako Pro, Syuri's Stimulus, and Takuya Kito's Kuzu Pro.
In late 2013, WNC also established a working relationship with joshi puroresu promotion Reina Joshi Puroresu, as part of which all of WNC's female wrestlers became officially affiliated with both promotions in January 2014. On June 18, 2014, Tajiri held a press conference with Keiji Mutoh, where he announced that WNC would be going inactive following June 26. Afterwards, all female WNC wrestlers remained affiliated with WNC-Reina, while six male wrestlers, Tajiri and Akira included, transferred over to Mutoh's Wrestle-1 promotion. WNC held its final event on June 26, 2014, in Tokyo's Shinjuku Face.
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Akira||Nogami, AkiraAkira Nogami|
|Haruka Kato||Haruka Kato||WNC-Reina|
|Jiro Kuroshio||Higuchi, SoujiroSoujiro Higuchi|
|Koji Doi||Koji Doi|
|Rionne Fujiwara||Rionne McAvoy|
|Tajiri||Tajiri, YoshihiroYoshihiro Tajiri|
|Yusuke Kodama||Kodama, YusukeYusuke Kodama|
|Masaya Takahashi||Masaya Takahashi|
|Syuri||Kondo, SyuriSyuri Kondo||WNC-Reina|
|Takuya Kito||Yuji Kito|
|Chiho Tomiyama||Ring announcer|
|High Step Shota||Referee|
|Serena Higa||Ring announcer|
|Soft Imai (Daisuke Imai)||Referee|
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Hajime Ohara||Ohara, HajimeHajime Ohara||Resigned January 31, 2013|
|Haruka Yoshimura||Haruka Yoshimura||Retired February 28, 2014|
|Hiroki Murase||Hiroki Murase||Resigned January 11, 2014|
|Horizon||Yoshihiro Horaguchi||Signed with Kaientai Dojo on September 14, 2014|
|Josh O'Brien||Josh O'Brien||Resigned January 31, 2013|
|Kaho Kobayashi||Kaho Kobayashi||Resigned on September 16, 2014, to sign with Asuka Project and Pro Wrestling Wave|
|Kana||Urai, KanakoKanako Urai||Resigned November 28, 2012|
|Koharu Hinata||Koharu Hinata||Resigned June 18, 2014|
|Byron, LinLin Byron||Unknown||Resigned June 26, 2014|
|Mitoshichi Shinose||Akira Shinose||Resigned January 30, 2014|
|Nagisa Nozaki||Nozaki, NagisaNagisa Nozaki||Went inactive on January 25, 2013|
|Championship||Final champion(s)||Date won||Defeated|
|WNC Championship||Bernard VanDamme||March 8, 2014||StarBuck|
|WNC Women's Championship||Syuri||September 18, 2013||Serena|
|Tournament||Last winner||Last held|
|Dave Finlay Cup||Hiro Tonai||January 4, 2014|
- 会社概要. Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). Retrieved December 27, 2012.
- "【※重要】「Smash」第１章活動休止のお知らせ". Smash (in Japanese). February 10, 2012. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- Caldwell, James (February 10, 2012). "Japanese promotion shutting down". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- プレ旗揚げ戦決定！. Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- "Tajiri新団体発表「若手を海外に」". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). April 6, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- "WNC高島代表が就任挨拶！". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). May 9, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
- "7・15Wrestling New Classic後楽園大会（後楽園ホール） 開場11：00 開始12：00". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). June 22, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
- 5月旗揚げシリーズ全カード決定！. Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- "ＴajiriとＡkira、最後の闘いで謎解きへ!!=Ｓmash フィンレーが残した"Ｋｅｅｐ ｗｒｅｓｔｌｉｎｇ ｃｌａｓｓｉｃ"とは？". Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. March 8, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- 6・17 ぷちカナプロ 試合結果. Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). June 18, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- 7・8 まこプロ 開催延期 および ぷちクズプロ開催のお知らせ. Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). June 27, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- "WNC朱里自主興行「Stimulus」新宿Face大会". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 1, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- 7・8『ぷちクズプロ』全試合結果. Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- "WNCとReina女子プロレスが業務提携". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). November 18, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
- "旗揚げ前から波乱のReina!!1・30WNC新宿で4Wayマッチが決定!!". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). January 9, 2014. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- "Tajiri、Akiraら6選手W-1へ移籍のお知らせ". Wrestling New Classic (in Japanese). June 19, 2014. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
- ＷＮＣ超満員のラスト興行. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014.