Co-promoting and what it means for Dream

  • A continued (if small) source of revenue.

“Booking fees” are a trick from the olden days of pro-wrestling. You send some dudes over and skim a little off the top. When the Inoki Bom Ba Ye fiasco with Fedor hit and the Yakuza got involved, the Inoki people ended up paying a 1 million dollar booking fee that Pride had no legal right to be charging in the first place. Crime does not pay.

  • A way to keep guys active.

Kawajiri has no place fighting K-1 rules bouts, moreover, he didn’t want to take those fights, but there was nothing else on the table. Dream run 6 cards a year, and unless they want to push you and give you an endless run of David Gardners, you’re not going to get enough fights. If you have no card space for a guy, there’s probably something for him pretty soon in America and stops you from booking Daisuke Nakamura vs Artur Kyshenko.

  • Access to talent with none of the legwork.

You want someone on a card for a specific purpose? You can get it and you don’t have to worry about lining up another two fights for him. This is especially good for the heavyweights.

  • Access to Fedor

Fedor’s not a mega-star or anything, but he’s got considerably more drawing power than basically anyone in Dream at the moment. In addition to that, there’s the possibility of using him as leverage to bring Sengoku to the table and spread costs further.

Coker’s mentioned recently that he expects there to be an actual co-promotion some time very soon. If they have more in mind than just talent sharing, it’ll be interesting to see how things go.


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