Group visa allows Japanese wrestlers to work shows in
Pro Wrestling Revolution and Masked
Republic worked to secure a P-3 visa for performers from Pro
Wrestling NOAH and Dragon Gate.
MAY 4, 2022
Coming soon, the action on pro wrestling’s independent
circuit is going to be even more incredible.
California–based lucha libre promotion Pro Wrestling
Revolution worked with multi-platform entertainment company
Masked Republic to acquire a P-3 group visa for 37 pro
wrestlers from Japan. This will allow stars from Japan’s Pro
Wrestling NOAH and Dragon Gate Japan Pro-Wrestling to
wrestle in Pro Wrestling Revolution starting later this
“We’re combining these Japanese promotions’ storied
athleticism and fighting spirit with the high-flying
spectacle of the Pro Wrestling Revolution roster,” says Pro
Wrestling Revolution owner Gabriel Ramirez. “California pro
wrestling fans have a lot to look forward to in 2022.”
When Masked Republic completed the initial Expo Lucha visa
last year, allowing 50 luchadores to wrestle in the United
States, one of the people lending assistance was Ramirez. He
then set his sights on providing Japanese talent a group
visa to work at PWR shows in the U.S. while Masked Republic
advised and assisted.
There will be a plethora of talent available, including GHC
heavyweight champion Go Shiozaki, the legendary Great Muta,
Naomichi Marufuji, Kazuyuki Fujita, Eita, Masakatsu Funaki,
Kai, Yamato and Dragon Dia.
“We’re bringing the hard-hitting puroresu style of Japanese
wrestling to Pro Wrestling Revolution,” said Ramirez, who
launched PWR in 2008. “It’s a chance to combine lucha libre
and puroresu, two styles which have been closely associated
over the years. Now, we’re bringing this Mexico-Japan
wrestling connection to the States.”
The first Pro Wrestling Revolution show featuring stars from
Japan will take place in November at PWR's “King of the
Indies” tournament. There is also enormous potential moving
forward, including the possibility of PWR events in Japan.
“We look forward to what this is going to bring to pro
wrestling in America and Japan,” says Ramirez, whose next
PWR show is July 30. “This will also allow NOAH and Dragon
Gate to run full-fledged shows here.
“With next year’s WrestleMania in California, we are
exploring holding a big event, almost like WrestleCon, but
it will be PuroresuCon. Moving forward, there is limitless
Justin Barrasso can be reached at JBarrasso@gmail.com.
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