Wrestle Universe (Formerly DDT Universe) has been the primary streaming platform for DDT Pro-Wrestling, Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, Ganbare Pro-Wrestling, and as of 2020, Pro Wrestling NOAH. Earlier in the month, a major press conference on the future of the platform was announced. Today, a full explanation of what would be changing about the platform was given. While some of said changes are major, others are minor.
The first detail explained was an updated user interface, something that seems to be more customizable and easier to navigate. Features such as a portal page for each promotion, as well as a roster page featuring all videos for each wrestler, will be included. Additionally, subscription creation will be easier by simply requiring an email and password, discarding the need for a name.
As WRESTLE UNIVERSE is migrating to an entirely new platform that is friendlier international users, we have also created an Official English Twitter Account.
— WRESTLE UNIVERSE (English) (@W_UNIVERSE_eng) September 21, 2021
New functions in terms of video-watching quality of life were talked about. These include the ability to start at the beginning of a live stream. Even if one is started late, one can jump in at any time, maintaining high quality from the service’s new player. In two internationally interesting announcements, not only is the availability to swap between Japanese and English commentary on the same stream made available, but English will be available within the site itself instead of using the on-site translation tool.
There were more details regarding the future of Wrestle Universe, including implementing recommendation playlists and the development of a mobile app.
This will be done on a completely new site; subscriptions to Wrestle Universe will be shutting down on September 26. New and old members will need to subscribe to the new site on October 1. During Octobe, the library will be migrated from one site to the other. The price remains the same at 900 yen, but from October through January, users will only be charged once. During that time, there will be major shows such as Wrestle Princess 2. On October 31, Rojo Wrestling will do another match inside of the Tokyo Dome, which is the second time a match like this has occurred.
Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world. Make sure to subscribe to Wrestle Universe to see more of DDT and its talent as well as the various promotions operating under the Wrestle Universe Umbrella. The service will move to a new home on October 1.