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All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling are two companies cut by the same cloth. Both promotions exist as an alternative to the global phenomenon i.e WWE, and most of the current AEW roster plied their trade in the Japanese promotion at one point in their careers.

Just when NJPW was trying to enter the American market, Cody and his gang left the company to establish themselves as the number two company in the States, which didn’t go down well with NJPW.

NJPW and AEW did not have any form of contract which allowed sharing of wrestlers, the way TNA-NJPW, ROH-NJPW, etc. had in the past. However, after Hiroshi Tanahashi, one of the legends of the Japanese promotion tweeted regarding AEW, fans quickly wondered whether a deal has been agreed on, which will allow wrestlers to appear on both the shows.

However, Bryan Alvarez spoke on Wrestling Observer Live that so far the situation between AEW and NJPW is still the same. Both the parties haven’t had any discussions, and Chris Jericho is most likely winning his match against Tanahashi at Tokyo Dome.

The current stipulation for the match is that if Tanahashi defeats Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom, he will receive a title shot for Jericho’s AEW World Championship. According to Alvarez, this is merely an angle to promote the matchup between the two individuals, and it won’t amount to anything in the end.

NJPW confirmed the stipulation, which was the first time that the Japnese promotion openly acknowledged AEW and Jericho’s position as the champion in the company. Jericho and Jon Moxley, despite being the top guys in AEW, have separate deals with NJPW which allows them to work in Japan outside of AEW.

There is still a week to go for the biggest event of the year in Japan, and things could always change. However, as things stand, NJPW and AEW are still bitter enemies, and it would be some time before we see a matchup like Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada again.

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