WWE is actively pursuing global expansion and forging partnerships with other promotions this year. An example is the collaboration with AJPW, where Charlie Dempsey had a memorable excursion, even if it wasn’t fruitful. It is clear AJPW and WWE are working together but some in AJPW appear to have mixed feelings about the partnership.

NXT star Charlie Dempsey challenged Katsuhiki Nakajima for the AJPW Triple Crown Title on the January 3rd event, but was ultimately unable to secure the win despite his best efforts, thus bringing an end to his AJPW excursion.

Following the match, many fans have wondered whether WWE and AJPW’s partnership is a one-off or whether they will continue working together in the future, as WWE’s goal of global expansion has started in full force.

While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about WWE and AJPW’s working partnership. Meltzer noted that WWE and AJPW will continue to work together, but added that some in AJPW have mixed feelings regarding the matter.


“I was told it’s an ongoing thing. Although there’s certainly people in All Japan who have mixed feelings on it, but the president of All Japan and WWE (have) got a deal going on right now.”

WWE is already moving forward with building partnerships with global promotions such as STARDOM and as mentioned above, AJPW. Only time will tell whether WWE and AJPW’s relationship will end up helping both companies in the long run.

What’s your opinion on this story regarding WWE and AJPW’s working relationship? Do you feel it will benefit both promotions in the end? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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