Tony Khan has addressed the status of AEW’s relationship with NJPW following Jay White’s presumed departure from the latter.
At yesterday’s (February 18) NJPW Battle In The Valley pay-per-view event, Jay White lost a match again Eddie Kingston the consequences of which were that the loser would no longer able to work for the Japanese promotion.
While it is not yet known precisely what White’s next move will be, it has been speculated that he could end up in either WWE or AEW.
Khan addressed White’s future on a recent episode of In The Kliq, saying that the former IWGP Champion would be “welcome” in AEW:
“Well, Jay White’s still a big part of the New Japan roster. We’ll have to see what happens with him in the future. He’s one of the great wrestlers. We’ve definitely loved having him compete in AEW wrestling against top stars here.
“He was a big part of Forbidden Door last year and certainly we’d love to have him here working with us or fighting against us. Right now he’s a big part in the New Japan roster. So, I’m focused on that.”
He also gave an update on the relationship between the two companies:
“We have a great partnership with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, they’re doing more events in America and we’re working closely with them as good partners. Of course, we always build up this big event. AEW and New Japan coming together, Forbidden Door.
“I think Forbidden Door was such a big success. We’re looking forward to doing it together again. They send a lot of their top stars to AEW and Ring of Honor and I love working with them. I think it’s been a great relationship and there’s a lot of trust between the parties.”
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