Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated is featuring an interview with Mark Cuban talking about AXS TV’s current working relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling to air programming, including Wrestle Kingdom 12 in January.
Cuban also addresses if he thinks Vince McMahon views AXS TV as a “threat” based on the television agreement they currently have with New Japan.
On Vince McMahon:
“No, he thinks we’re just little sh—. We’re not a threat because of the language. That’s the biggest challenge, the language. But if you’re a purist for wrestling, and you like the action, it’s the best promotion by far. People here aren’t going to connect as directly, but if you really love wrestling, then it’s a no-brainer.”
On purchasing the rights to air Wrestle Kingdom 12:
“We’re getting to know them better. We went from a delay to a short delay to live, so we’re going to get smarter about it. The numbers keep on going up. Other TVs are declining, and ours are going up. That’s a good sign. There are some nights when it beats MMA, it’s doing that well. We want people to get attached and become addicted to it,” said Cuban. “Now we’re online with DirectTV and Sling TV, and Philo.com, which is only $15 a month, so if you don’t have us on cable, you can get us online. There will be times in the future when we add more NJPW and less MMA. It’s a Friday night staple.”