NJPW Tag Team Advertised for Next Week’s Impact, Sign of Close Working Relationship

At the end of Impact’s No Surrender Event this Saturday, a promo was aired for next week’s episode of Impact.

According to the promo, “the door has been kicked open”, and as a result, two New Japan Pro Wrestling stars will be on Impact.

The two NJPW “guests” are the tag team FinJuice, Juice Robinson and David Finlay. The two are former IWGP Tag Team champs. Robinson is also a former IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion.

Finlay, who is the son of WWE’s Fit Finlay, has been part of NJPW Strong since the show launched last April. Robinson has not been able to compete for NJPW since December when he sustained a fractured orbital bone.

No word as to what the two will be doing, but according to PWInsider, their appearance is part of an agreement that was made between Impact and NJPW, which was made even before the agreement that was made between AEW and NJPW.

Impact and NJPW were reportedly working on a working agreement since the summer of 2020. This was around the time that The Good Brothers, Karl Anderson, and Doc Gallows, signed with Impact.

The Good Brothers’ deal with Impact allowed them to wrestle for New Japan and this was seen as a way to mend the relationship between the two companies.

The improvement in the working relationship between the two companies was also evident in the fact that Impact’s Chris Bey was a participant in last year’s NJPW Super J-Cup.