Rossy Ogawa was best known for being the founder and executive producer of the Japanese wrestling promotion Stardom.
Ogawa served as executive director of Stardom until recently when he was fired from the company that he helped start. It was later revealed that he was fired from the company because he was trying to poach talent during his time as executive producer.
Since his departure from Stardom, Rossy Ogawa spoke to Tokyo Sports where he revealed that there was some harassment within the company and he started to lose the will work there.
“I was forced to play aggressive cards, and there was harassment within the company that continued and I started to lose the will to continue working here. Because of that, some of the wrestlers and staff told me, ‘I’m not joining the organization again.'”
Rossy Ogawa then revealed that he plans to start a new organization since there were certain things that he couldn’t do in Stardom.
“A new organization? That’s right. I want to do again what we can’t do here. There are quite a few things we can’t do here. Because we are a big company, we can’t do everything.”
Ogawa denied the allegations that he was poaching talent and said that a lot of players wanted to join his new organization after hearing the rumors.
“We did not do this. After hearing the rumors, there were a lot of players who wanted to come to this (new organization). I guess they were panicked too. However, President (Taro) Okada ‘accepted’ (the new organization). He said, ‘We’ll make an offer to (Yokohama) BUNTAI,’ and ‘Let’s have a rivalry match two years from now on the 15th anniversary. I was like, ‘What are you talking about now? I don’t want to get into a mud-slinging match,'” he claimed.
Rossy Ogawa being terminated from Stardom is almost like the end of an era for the company. Only time will tell whether Ogawa will be able to start a new company and grow it to the level of Stardom.
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