Lance Archer has said he is a bridge between All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
In a recent interview with njpw1972.com, Archer talked about AEW stars crossing over with New Japan. He said:
“With Tanahashi saying that ‘forbidden door’ phrase, it was all headed into that match with Chris Jericho, and even before AEW really existed, Jericho has always been about trying to make things happen, crossing over promotions. But Jon Moxley, joining NJPW and AEW at the same time after leaving WWE, he was the first to really cross over. It was absolutely special for me (to win the IWGP US Title on AEW Dynamite), one of the more special moments of my career. I was able to twice represent NJPW as its US champion, even if the second time wasn’t in a New Japan ring. It really feels for me now that, along with Jon Moxley and some other guys, I’m part of that bridge between NJPW and AEW, and that’s huge because I think that bridge is important to both companies, and to the whole business.”
Lance Archer recently won the IWGP United States Championship from Jon Moxley on AEW Dynamite. He then lost the title shortly thereafter to Hiroshi Tanahashi at NJPW Resurgence.
Archer is scheduled to appear next week on AEW Dynamite alongside NJPW star Minoru Suzuki.