TV Asahi


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TV Asahi Corporation (株式会社テレビ朝日 Kabushiki-gaisha Terebi Asahi?), also known as EX and Tele-Asa (テレ朝 Tere Asa?), is a Japanese television network headquartered in Tōkyō. The company writes its name in lower-case letters, tv asahi, in its logo and public-image materials. The company also owns All-Nippon News Network.

It was founded in 1957 as "Nihon Educational Television" (NET) and renamed TV Asahi in 1977.

In puroresu

NET started airing a weekly program of [[Japan Pro-WRestling Association|JWA}} card on 1969/7/2. Nippon Television had already been airing the JWA cards since the beginning of the promotion. Initially, NET was not allowed to air the matches involving Giant Baba or Sakaguchi Seiji as well as the International Championship matches and [[World League (JWA)|World League}} matches. NET featured Antonio Inoki as the star of its program.

However, Inoki was fired by JWA in 1971/12, and Baba left JWA in 1972/10 to start All Japan Pro-Wrestling with the support of Nippon TV. This left JWA to be aired only on NET.

In 1973/4, Sakaguchi Seiji, who was, at the time, one of the main eventers for the JWA, joined Inoki's New Japan Pro-Wrestling. NET followed this and started airing New Japan's cards on its weekly program, "World Pro-Wrestling".

Although the time slot has changed over the years, TV Asahi continues to air New Japan's weekly program to this day. It is currently the only weekly puroresu program on terresrial television in Japan.

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