AEW and NJPW have not worked together since All Elite Wrestling opened their doors. The Elite actually spoke out about leaving NJPW and the separation was rather rough.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer brought up the two companies’ relationship. Apparently, things are changing after Chris Jericho’s AEW World Title has inserted into NJPW’s storyline.
“There is absolutely a change. Just the fact that New Japan acknowledged on their website that Chris Jericho is the AEW Champion and if Tanahashi wins he gets a championship match. As we all know when I was in Dallas [for NJPW] any mention of Kenny Omega and AEW were forbidden.”
Fumi Saito interjected that they were told to not talk about AEW (“that new company”) while in Dallas. NJPW did not even want All Elite Wrestling mentioned at all.
Meltzer said the best thing for both AEW and NJPW is to work together. He said that things changed because the NJPW and ROH relationship isn’t what it used to be. The idea is that they’re running so many shows in the USA that they can’t send talent to ROH.
He said the NJPW office “knew about AEW before anyone,” but they were loyal to ROH. Since Ring Of Honor didn’t want to work with AEW that nixed their working relationship.
“As far as I know there’s no long-term deal or anything like that, but the door is open. Of course, New Japan now wants to run the United States, but they lost their television in the United States.”
New Japan Pro Wrestling might find a huge benefit in working with AEW. The possibility of seeing those two companies working together is much more likely than it was a month ago. This just shows how much things can change in pro wrestling over time.