Harold Meij Didn't Want To Resign As NJPW President, Company Made The Call

On September 29, NJPW announced that Harold Meij would be stepping down as NJPW President and replaced by Takami Ohbari as of October 23.

According to the minutes from the Bushiroad stockholders meeting (via @michsuzu), it was revealed that Meij did not resign but instead was fired by Bushiroad founder Takaaki Kidani. Meij said his intention was to not leave the company, preferring to spend the rest of his life working for NJPW.

The move was described publicly as a "change in NJPW's directorship."

Meij arrived in NJPW in May 2018, becoming the first non-Japanese president of the promotion. Before arriving in NJPW as its president, Meij served as senior vice president of Coca-Cola Japan and had also been COO of toy company Tomy.

Ohbari also serves as the CEO of NJPW of America.

Following the news that Meij was leaving, Fightful Select reported backstage reactions to the change. You can view the report by clicking here. Fightful Select also reported on backstage reactions to a potential NJPW and AEW relationship, which you can view by clicking here.

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