It has come to light that during a recent NJPW event, there was a moment that sparked controversy as an NJPW star appeared to perform a Nazi salute gesture.

The incident occurred during the CMLL Fantastica Mania 2024 event, a collaborative show between NJPW and CMLL, held at the Edio Arena in Osaka, Japan.

The specific moment took place prior to a fatal four-way match featuring ‘Bone Soldier Jr.’ Taiji Ishimori, Douki, and others. Ishimori, before the match commenced, appeared to execute the gesture in question.

It’s essential to note that cultural differences and varying social norms exist between different regions of the world. What might be deemed offensive or inappropriate in one culture may not carry the same connotations in another. In Japan, the context in which actions occur within the realms of professional wrestling can sometimes differ from Western standards, and what might seem offensive in one context may not necessarily be intended as such in another.


Whether Ishimori’s gesture was intentional or merely coincidental remains uncertain. However, the incident has sparked discussions about cultural sensitivity and the importance of understanding and respecting diverse perspectives.

Ultimately, while this incident has generated controversy, it highlights the need for sensitivity and awareness of cultural differences, especially in the global landscape of professional wrestling where performers from various backgrounds come together to entertain audiences worldwide.

What do you think of what Taiji Ishimori did? Do you feel this was simply an accident? Let us know in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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