If you’re a fan of both All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and you’ve been holding out on some kind of hope that the two sides would come to an agreement on some kind of “supershow” or working partnership, well… Prepare to have your dreams crushed.
Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks responded to a fan enquiring about a potential relationship between the two companies, simply stating that it’s “not happening”.
Later on, another fan jumped in on the Twitter conversation claiming that AEW would deny any deals on the table, now or in the future, in order to preserve the all-important element of surprise. Nick then doubled down on his comment stating, “It’s really not happening. Been asked this thousands of times and telling the truth is always best. Don’t want fans holding onto something that has zero chance of happening.”
This discussion came less than one day before New Japan’s annual Power Struggle event in Osaka, where AEW World Champion Chris Jericho made another surprise appearance in a video package, challenging Hiroshi Tanahashi to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 14.
The timing of course added more fuel to the fire, given the freshness of Nick Jackson’s earlier comments, with many people claiming Jericho’s appearance was evidence that the two sides have some sort of working agreement.
This has been reported since the week he first signed, but there is specific wording in Jericho’s contract that allows him to take bookings with NJPW without officially going through the AEW office to make it happen.
Jon Moxley, who wrestled for there much more recently and was the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Champion until a few weeks ago, has the same wording in his contract, as does Kenny Omega. That last one is interesting, because AEW has kept the door open for one of their top stars – and you’d think the star that NJPW would most want to use – and yet NJPW has reportedly shown no interest in bringing him back.
It’s really not happening. Been asked this thousands of times and telling the truth is always best. Don’t want fans holding onto something that has zero chance of happening.
— The Young Bucks® (@NickJacksonYB) November 2, 2019