The pro wrestling world is certainly an unpredictable one as anything could happen at any time. This includes partnerships between companies that fans never thought would ever take place in the past.

As previously reported, NJPW and WWE were in talks last year in order to form possible partnership in the future. This move was made by WWE President Nick Khan, who was trying to make a deal with NJPW so that WWE may become the exclusive United States partner for New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Of course, that did not end up happening in the end as AEW ended up partnering with AEW instead. According to Sports Illustrated‘s Justin Barrasso, Tony Khan found out about WWE’s interest in working with NJPW through his trusted contacts in New Japan.

“Before reaching that agreement (Danielson’s deal with AEW), WWE officials sought out creative solutions to keep him in the company, which Danielson later confirmed. That led to Nick Khan’s opening the lines of communication to New Japan, exploring ideas to collaborate between the two companies.


Tony Khan found out about WWE’s interest through his trusted contacts in New Japan, SI learned. New Japan officials stressed to Tony Khan that working with AEW was their priority, especially with the trust they had forged. This led to Tony Khan’s promo directed at Nick Khan last May, when he stated there was only room for one Khan in wrestling — and ‘not some con man from Connecticut.’ Per sources, top NJPW officials knew about the promo before it was released — and encouraged him to do it.”

AEW is teaming up with NJPW to present pay-per-view event called “Forbidden Door.” The event will be taking place on Sunday, June 26th at the United Center in Chicago. It remains to be seen how successful the event will turn out to be.

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