As we saw on last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite, AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling have established a working relationship in what has been a deal that has been in the works for a long time.
After AEW’s Jon Moxley showed up on NJPW to start a feud with KENTA, KENTA attacked Moxley during the main event on Dynamite this week.
The deal is done and the sides have a working relationship,” insider Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio. “The pandemic probably sped it up but it also holds it back at the same time. The only way to get Moxley was to make a deal.”
“When AEW first started, I think New Japan had no clue as to how successful they would be” Meltzer explained.
“It was essentially that they wanted Tony Khan (AEW owner) to come, and see them, and he didn’t. Even though they sent Chris Harrington, and even though the Young Bucks, and they were ready to make the deal, New Japan thought that they were just fly-by-nighters, and it’s not going to mean anything. They kind of just big-leagued them and they were wrong. They went their separate ways, but then they needed Jon Moxley.”