AEW unveiled their plans for a huge upcoming joint show with New Japan Pro Wrestling this June in Chicago on last night’s Dynamite. Many of the company’s top stars have a long history with NJPW. Hardcore wrestling fans are intrigued at the litany of possible dream matchups that could happen on the show.

One of the biggest feuds in recent Japanese wrestling history was Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada. Okada is widely considered one of the top draws in NJPW. A joint show with AEW wouldn’t be complete without The Rainmaker.

Dave Meltzer talked about the huge show on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio. Dave noted that upon hearing about the show, Okada commented that he couldn’t make it because of his wife’s birthday. He may have been kidding, but if he is planned for the show, AEW might use the opportunity to re-introduce one of its stars who has been out of action for a while.

“It was actually brought up tonight to Okada, since the show was just announced in Japan as well and he mentioned that… His wife’s birthday is the 28th, which is, the 28th in Japan is like like the 27th in the United States. So, it would be very difficult for him to do that show and be back for his wife’s birthday.


So, he sort of said he wasn’t doing the show, but he might have been kidding. But, if he is doing the show, that might be like after his match, the time to re-introduce Omega. Okada’s leaving, he’s coming out. And then build for something there… Probably for September or something like that. If he’s ready by September.”

AEW is likely working hard to make sure Kazuchika Okada can work at “Forbidden Door.” The world will be watching and both promotions will want to put their best foot forward. That will mean including all the top stars from both companies, including Okada.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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