AEW and NJPW haven’t worked with each other since All Elite Wrestling opened their doors. Some AEW stars have ventured to NJPW, but the two companies are not in cooperation as exclusive NJPW stars have not appeared in AEW. That could change soon, but it hasn’t yet.
It was noted on Wrestling Observer Radio why Tanahashi was able to show up on Dynamite this week. That “Forbidden Door” between AEW and NJPW is still closed, but there will be a definite sign when it is open. Dave Meltzer stated that Jon Moxley will likely defend the IWGP United States Championship inside the USA first.
“You will know when there is something when you hear about Moxley defending the US Championship either in the United States on New Japan World — one of those California tapings because it would have to be until the pandemic clears up. When the pandemic clears up the fact is can go to Japan anyway he can do that independent of his deal because they’re two independent deals. But, if he works in the United States then Tony Khan would have to give his blessing to work in the United States and for him to do that for a New Japan show would either mean they’re working together or they’re close to working together and it would be a good faith move. So, that’s when you’ll know when Moxley defends the US Title inside the United States on a New Japan show.”
Jon Moxley had to relinquish the IWGP United States title once before. He couldn’t make it to defend his title due to Inclement weather keeping him out of the country. Obviously, he doesn’t want to do that again and neither does NJPW, or they would have already stripped Mox of the title by now.
We’ll have to see what the future holds for NJPW and AEW, but the two companies don’t seem to be getting further apart.
Transcription by Ringside News