AEW and NJPW do not have a working relationship. It seems that Chris Jericho and Hiroshi Tanahashi might be working a relationship out of their Wrestle Kingdom match.

Tanahashi recently said that since Jericho is Le Champion of AEW, he might just beat Y2J at Wrestle Kingdom and open that “forbidden door” to AEW and challenge for that title.

Jericho recently sent out a message to Tanahashi saying that he’s more than welcome to come to AEW and face Le Champion. He has to beat Y2J at Wrestle Kingdom first.

Special message for @hiroshi_tanahashi & @njpw1972!

Getting ready to fly to #Tokyo on my private jet and I read your comments in #TokyoSports! And I agree…if you can beat me in the #TokyoDome on Jan 5, I will give you a shot at the @allelitewrestling World Championship! #forbiddendoor

Fans might get really excited about this one. At this point AEW and NJPW don’t have a relationship. Some stars are allowed to work for both companies if they’re Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. We’ll have to see if someone like Brodie Lee (Harper) might also fall into that same category later on.

It might be fun to think about it, but AEW and NJPW don’t seem close to working together either. That being said, if anyone’s gonna pull off forming some kind of official partnership between the two sides it would be Chris Jericho.

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