AEW and NJPW have agreed to a working relationship.
As reported by Dave Meltzer of Wrestling News Observer, All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling have agreed to a working relationship.
Meltzer broke the news on today's Wrestling Observer Radio, calling the agreement a "Done Deal". He noted that NJPW wanted it's IWGP US champion, Jon Moxley, to defend his title. However, the only way this would happen currently, is if they could strike a deal with AEW owner Tony Khan.
With this deal, a full working relationship is now set in place.
It comes less than 24 hours since KENTA made his shocking debut at AEW's "Beach Break" after the 6 man tag match main event featuring AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and former champion Jon Moxley.
The Bullet Club member attacked Moxley after the match laying down a statement of intent, which continues to build up the feud they have across the two promotions. Moxley is due to defend his IWGP US Championship on February 26th under the NJPW banner. Moxley had made his return to the company last week on their "NJPW Strong" TV show.
This wasn't an easy course to take, many obstacles were in the way such as former president of NJPW Harold Meij. Meltzer noted that with the Dutchman's departure from New Japan in October, it opened the door to an agreement.
Meltzer cited that "childish stuff" had been getting in the way in the past. He added that NJPW saw AEW as "fly by nighters", who weren't going to last. So they big leagued them. Since then they have ultimately been proven very wrong.
With the global pandemic happening right now, it puts a break on the situation, at it could prevent Japanese stars such as Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada from travelling to the United States.
For now though, AEW vs NJPW activities could still be limited to the likes of KENTA, who is still presently living in the USA. Despite all this, Meltzer had stated that fans could see and expect more from a KENTA/Moxley program going forward.
So, readers, with this major news, are you excited about this interpromotioinal partnership? This could pave the way for new and exciting stories and matches! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!