The NWA and Diamond Stars Wrestling have announced an agreement to jointly promote pro wrestling events in Japan. The first event in October of 2016 was held in Tokyo and the Main Event there was an NWA World Tag-Team Match in which "The Iron Empire" Matt Riviera and Rob Conway successfully defended their titles.
Shortly thereafter in November 2016, the NWA World Ladies Champion JAZZ traveled to Japan to defend the ladies title against British challenger Heidi Katrina in the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo before a standing room only crowd.
February 2017 marks the return of the NWA to Japan and a near sell-out awaits as the NWA World Tag-Team Champions "The Iron Empire" return to defend their belts, and Tim Storm invades Japan for his first tour as NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Road Warrior Animal has been announced as being in the corner of the challengers.
The Japanese people are longtime fans of the NWA ever since Lou Thesz began defending the World Title in Japan in the late 1950s against the likes of Rikidozan, Antonio Inoki and Giant Baba. The last NWA Champion to defend the title in Japan was "Ironman" Rob Conway, who had several highly contested matches against Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, and one highly contested match against Satoshi Kojima that took place at the Tokyo Dome before 35,000 people.
Other great NWA Champions who have defended the World Title in Japan include "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Jack Brisco, Terry and Dory Funk, Kerry Von Erich, Giant Baba and Harley Race.
The agreement between Diamond Stars Wrestling and the NWA, negotiated by longtime Japanese wrestling insider Jimmy Suzuki, involves multiple tours of Japan and feature matches for NWA titleholders. In the future, the alliance plans to expand into other areas of Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China.