AEW is cross-promoting with Impact Wrestling and NJPW. It seems that the Forbidden Door has been kicked open and that leaves plenty of room for exciting matches that were once thought to be impossible. It takes a lot of work to arrange a deal between two companies, and sometimes it doesn’t always work out.
ET Canada recently spoke to Matt Hardy where he revealed that ROH and Impact Wrestling almost had a big crossover between the two companies in 2017. This came up when discussing the idea of cross-promotion in pro wrestling.
“I think (cross promoting) is great. I’ve always thought it was great for business. A lot of people don’t know about this. It’s not a well-known fact. But I had been negotiating and working with the Young Bucks. Right before my brother and I left Impact to return to WWE, we were actually going to do a Ring of Honor-Impact crossover angle with the Hardys and the Young Bucks for three or four months. And we had that set. But then some things changed in their management and then ended up we’d return to would return to WWE once we ended up leaving.”
“So I’m all down for it. I’ve always been down from it from the beginning. And I think especially considering WWE is such a massive global promotion, I think any other promotion that is up-and-coming when they work with other promotions, has it helps to add the element of unpredictability and unpredictability is what makes wrestling successful in 2021.”
Matt Hardy has been a part of many pro wrestling companies and seen a lot go down. Odds are he will continue watching history unfold in front of him where ever he is. It would have been fun to see a ROH and Impact Wrestling cross-over in 2017, but that wasn’t meant to be. Now we are in 2021 and the idea of cross-promotion is much more commonplace.