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HOW WWE Superstar got MAJOR bookings in Japan

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In a remarkable turn of events, WWE NXT Superstar Charlie Dempsey, son of the renowned William Regal, has made a significant impact in the Japanese wrestling scene.

Dempsey’s journey to Japan, where he recently challenged Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion Katsuhiko Nakajima at the AJPW New Year’s Giant Series event in Tokyo, is a tale of international collaboration and wrestling diplomacy.

WWE News: The Role of Simon Kelly Inoki

Central to Dempsey’s foray into the Japanese wrestling world was Simon Kelly Inoki, the son-in-law of the legendary Antonio Inoki, according to a new report from Hochi News.

Simon Inoki, a former President of NJPW and currently the director of the Inoki Genome Federation, was instrumental in orchestrating Dempsey’s involvement with All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW).

His connections and experience in the wrestling industry were pivotal in facilitating this cross-cultural wrestling exchange.

WWE News: Dempsey’s Performance in Japan

Dempsey’s stint in Japan, although brief, was noteworthy. He wrestled a total of three matches for AJPW, showcasing his skills and the training he received under the WWE banner.

His match against Nakajima at Korakuen Hall, although ending in a defeat, was a testament to his growing prowess and adaptability in the ring.

The Significance of These Bookings

Dempsey’s bookings in Japan are significant for several reasons. Firstly, they represent a successful collaboration between WWE and Japanese wrestling promotions, highlighting the global nature of the wrestling industry.

Secondly, for Dempsey, this experience serves as an invaluable part of his career development, exposing him to different styles and audiences.


  • Who is Charlie Dempsey?
    • Charlie Dempsey is a WWE NXT Superstar and the son of wrestling legend William Regal.
  • What was Dempsey’s role in Japan?
    • Dempsey wrestled three matches for AJPW, including a notable match against Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion Katsuhiko Nakajima.
  • Who facilitated Dempsey’s bookings in Japan?
    • Simon Kelly Inoki, Antonio Inoki’s son-in-law and a key figure in the wrestling industry, arranged Dempsey’s bookings in Japan.
  • Why are these bookings significant?
    • These bookings highlight the collaboration between WWE and Japanese wrestling promotions and are crucial for Dempsey’s career development.
  • Did Dempsey win the title in Japan?
    • No, Dempsey did not win the title; he was defeated by Katsuhiko Nakajima but gained valuable experience.
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