Ever since All Elite Wrestling (AEW) was started up by names like Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks following some messy exits from New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), there was a so called ‘Forbidden Door’ between the two companies. This was mainly upheld by former NJPW President Harold Meij, and soon after he left his post in NJPW, things started to change. We’ve already seen AEW welcome in KENTA as he built up a match with Jon Moxley over the IWGP United States Championship, but now we will see Moxley flat out defend the title against Yuji Nagata on AEW Dynamite. Are we getting closer to a proper alliance between these companies?
Once The Pandemic Is Over, We Can Expect Huge Crossover Potential Between AEW & NJPW
It’s becoming more and more clear that there is little holding these two companies apart from each other, besides the global pandemic which makes travel harder and harder. This marks the second time a NJPW contracted talent has shown up on AEW programming, and while both Nagata & KENTA have a common link in Jon Moxley? It’s showing hope for fans who do want to see things like AEW stars wrestling in tournaments like the G1 Climax.
This match between Nagata & Moxley will be the first time a NJPW championship will have been defended on TV in America since their first partnership with Impact Wrestling. We’ve previously seen titles from the AAA & NWA defended on AEW as well, and it hasn’t stopped being a refreshing sight, seeing these other titles being treated like a big deal.
Once travel is more open, we very well could see names like Hiroshi Tanahashi, Will Ospreay, Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi or Kazuchika Okada make their way to AEW for huge matches. Fans just need to remain patient, and enjoy Blue Justice while he’s around in AEW for now.
Yuji Nagata & Jon Moxley Will Clash On NJPW Strong Next Friday In Tag Team Action
Before this match on AEW Dynamite goes down, we will see Jon Moxley team with Chris Dickinson to take on Yuji Nagata & Ren Narita on NJPW Strong. This gives Moxley & Nagata a chance to build up some extra heat for their match, and work on their chemistry. It is a shame that Shota Umino is not currently training in the United States, as this would have been a great chance to see a reunion between him and Jon Moxley.
These appearances between AEW & NJPW are getting more and more frequent. We’re seeing AEW work with everyone lately, which is refreshing to see, and once travel is easier, we can expect to see big things from these two companies. What matches do you want to see in a partnership between AEW & NJPW? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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