Saturday, April 20

REPORT: Chuck Taylor & Trent Barreta Leaving NJPW For All Elite Wrestling

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The Best Friends may be on their way to AEW.

According to Dave Meltzer via Wrestling Observer Radio, both Trent Barreta and Chuck Taylor will be leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling shortly, and are expected to sign with All Elite Wrestling.

Trent has been wrestling consistently for NJPW since 2015 and is a four-time IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champion alongside Rocky Romero as Roppongi Vice. The two had a reunion match this week during the ongoing NJPW The New Beginning tour. Chuck worked several dates in 2018 and joined Trent for the most recent World Tag League tournament.

Meltzer’s report also states that Trent was offered a new contract from NJPW, and while nothing was ever officially signed, there was a “handshake agreement” in place for him to re-sign. That obviously did not sit well with some backstage.

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