The wrestling observation bulletin reports that Bushiroad released its annual financial report, with NJPW and STARDOM getting more revenue than the previous year. New Japan had more attendance than the previous year thanks to the easing of pandemic restrictions in Japan. NJPW and STARDOM are listed together, so it’s hard to tell which company earned what, but together they earned 5.599 million yen (about $39 million).
The fiscal year of Bushiroad lasts 11 months, i.e. from August 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
The previous year, 2020-21, brought in 4.547 million yen.
Net revenue from live events, which includes both wrestling companies and concerts, they actually lost $300,000. However, that was down from the previous year’s losses, which were $800,000. It is unclear whether the losses were due to wrestling, concerts or both. However, NJPW had a better year due to increased attendance and the Forbidden Door PPV with AEW.
It was Bushiroad’s best year with wrestling, surpassing NJPW’s hot year of 2018-19, which had previously set the record with two Tokyo Dome shows and the 2018 G-1 tournament. However, they did not own STARDOM. at the time and NJPW revenue is lower at that time.
New Japan World’s subscribers were “on the order of 100,000”. The company hit that milestone four and a half years ago for Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho, then peaked at around 125,000 in 2020 for the two Tokyo Dome shows.
STARDOM’s annual profits were the highest in its history thanks to live attendance and merchandise sales.