While New Japan Pro Wrestling has recently begun a partnership with the Roku Channel to broadcast weekly content in the US, they are still in negotiations with another network.
The deal with Roku means that, for the first time since 2019, NJPW is airing in the United States. Back then, they were airing on AXS TV.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there are still talks between NJPW and AXS TV which could result in NJPW returning to AXS TV.
Given as Impact Wrestling is on AXS TV and reports indicating that NJPW and Impact Wrestling want to work together, being on the same network would be beneficial to any cross-promotional endeavors.
Currently, the deal with NJPW and Roku Channel allows them to continue negotiating with other networks even while NJPW content is being aired on Roku.
The collaboration between NJPW and Impact was reportedly kicked off by the arrival of the NJPW talent David Finlay and Juice Robinson, the tag team known as FinJuice, on this week’s episode of Impact.
FinJuice wrestled a match and won against Impact tag team, Reno Scum. After the match, the current Impact Tag Team Champions, The Good Brothers came out and reminisced about their time in NJPW when FinJuice were “young boys”.
In return, FinJuice insulted and mocked The Good Brothers and stated that “times had changed”. It’s believed that the end result of this will be an eventual match between the two teams, possibly for the tag team championships.