It would seem that the “forbidden door” continues to open as Impact Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling have entered into a working relationship.
According to a report by PWInsider, the relationship has been in the works even before the AEW/NJPW relationship was done. The discussions have been in the works since the summer of 2020, around the time The Good Brothers signed with Impact. It was reported at the time Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows signed their deals that their contracts would allow them to wrestle for New Japan. The Good Brothers signing with Impact and NJPW’s desire to use them is seen as way to mend the companies’ relationship.
The report also stated that FinJuice, David Finlay and Juice Robinson, were scheduled to appear on the last set of Impact tapings in Nashville. However a scheduling conflict pushed back their debuts to this current set of tapings.
PWInsider were also told by their sources that this is part of “many, many, MANY months” to repair the relationship between the two companies. Scott D’Amore and Don Callis have made attempts in the past to try to repair that relationship.
Chris Bey appearing during the Super J-Cup on NJPW Strong was seen as an attempt to mend the relationship.
Dave Meltzer is also reporting that former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada is set to appear on Impact as part of the mended relationship as well. Meltzer does not say when he will appear, but that he is expected to appear.
S.A.M.’s Spiel: The wrestling world is changing and you do like to see how companies are willing to work with one another. NJPW and Impact had a relationship in the past but it can to an end when NJPW did not like how Impact was using their talent. Time has mended the wounds and it will be interesting to see how the relationship pans out this time around.