NJPW’s Rocky Romero has recalled WWE reaching out about a partnership, and has discussed NJPW’s current working relationship with AEW.
In May, WWE and NJPW were reportedly in contact regarding a potential talent sharing deal. It was later revealed that early talks were mainly about the possibility of Bryan Danielson working some dates in Japan while with WWE.
Speaking on The Battleground Podcast, Rocky Romero explained that it was ‘no secret’ that Danielson’s name featured heavily in discussions between the companies.
Believing that the partnership between AEW and NJPW will be long-term, Romero said:
“I don’t know how much I can actually say, but I can definitely say that they (WWE) reached out. Definitely, WWE reached out, as they do every X amount of years. So obviously, Danielson being in the middle of that was no secret and it was no secret to Tony (Khan) either. Obviously, Tony was a part of that too once Bryan was completely free and clear to make those talks with him. So, yeah, a lot of people talk.
“I wouldn’t go so far as saying that there was ever going to be a deal made or anything like that. It’s just — If WWE comes knocking on the door and they want to talk you’re going to — people are going to listen to what they have to say. Obviously working with AEW compared to WWE is two completely different things. Where AEW, they have a true understanding of New Japan and what the product is and have a complete respect for the history of the product, for what the product is, for the wrestlers and how they do it.
“I mean, obviously because New Japan wrestlers leaving New Japan helped to start AEW. So there’s always been that crossover connection. It just seems to make sense in the grand scheme of things that both companies get together. I think it’s been — Obviously it’s just been the beginning of it and I think this is going to be — Like the Hangman Page and Kenny Omega feud, this is going to be a long term thing, so I think people are excited, of course, and are ready for Okada to show up and fight Kenny at Full Gear or something, but I think this is going to be a long term thing because both companies are building themselves up right now.”
The ‘forbidden door’ has been opened numerous times this year, with the likes of Minoru Suzuki, Tomohiro Ishii and KENTA wrestling for AEW, and stars such as Jon Moxley, Lance Archer and Eddie Kingston competing for NJPW, this year.
Ahead of the November 10 episode of Dynamite, Romero invited the Best Friends to join the NJPW faction CHAOS.
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