WWE Stars Want JAPAN Move?! Chris Jericho Partnering AEW & New Japan?! | WrestleTalk News 2020

WWE Stars Want JAPAN Move?! Chris Jericho Partnering AEW & New Japan?! | WrestleTalk News 2020

Two WWE stars are reportedly considering moving
to Japan! Chris Jericho is trying to get AEW to work with New Japan behind-the-scenes and
New Day shoot hard on WWE’s scripted promos. Hello and welcome to the WrestleTalk Super
News – I’m Oli Davis. Before last year, WWE was the girlfriend that
broke up with you – it very rarely happened the other way round – with them routinely
releasing mass groups of talent every six months. But suddenly at the start of 2019,
which I’m sure has absolutely no connection with the launch of All Elite Wrestling, it
was the wrestlers that started saying to WWE: nah babes, we’re done.
Last year saw Hideo Itami, Goldust, Tye Dillinger, Mike Kanellis, TJP, Dean Ambrose, Jim Ross,
Mike Kanellis, Luke Harper, Jordan Myles, The Ascension, Mike Kanellis, Sasha Banks,
Sin Cara, and Mike Kanellis all either reportedly asking for their releases or just letting
their contracts expire, with some actually being granted. But not Mike Kanellis no matter
how many times he tries. And 2020 appears to be no different, with
two high profile women wrestling names also reportedly being tempted away from WWE – current
Women’s Tag Team Champion Kairi Sane and top NXT heel Io Shirai. And it’s a story
that begins all the way back in 2016. Io and Kairi both came to prominence as two
of the best women wrestlers in the world from their time in the all-female Japanese promotion
Stardom, who they had both wrestled for since 2011. But WWE went on a worldwide raid of
female talent through 2016 and 17 to put on their inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament
– leading to them poaching Sane in March 2017 for a three year contract, reportedly worth
$60,000 – which was actually a pay cut from what she was then making in Japan.
Shirai was offered a contract at the same time, but a failed medical meant she wouldn’t
join WWE until a year later in June 2018 – also reportedly for less money than what she was
making in Japan. The two briefly formed the Sky Pirates tag
team in NXT before Kairi was rather pointlessly called up last April to form a new women’s
team with Asuka called the Kabuki Warriors, where they would be managed by Paige. They
did win the women’s tag team championships, and even main evented last month’s TLC pay-per-view
against Becky Lynch and Charlotte, but the match fell apart after Kairi seemingly suffered
a concussion, which Flair appeared to exasperate with a reckless powerbomb, and she hasn’t
been cleared to compete since. While it’s being reported that WWE expect
Sane to be cleared in time for a women’s Royal Rumble match spot on January 26th, it
appears that both Sane and Shirai’s former promotion might take advantage of how the
two women are being treated. According to Wrestling Observer Radio, Stardom
are offering big money to Io and Kairi to return to Japan. This follows Stardom being
bought by New Japan’s parent company Bushi Road late last year, and it seems the new
owners have huge plans for the promotion – which has already seen the first ever women’s
match being put on in New Japan’s WrestleKingdom show over the weekend, and now potentially
bringing back two of the biggest women wrestling stars in Japan from the last decade.
Bushiroad director Takaaki Kidani has already said in interviews that he’s trying to get
Sane and Shirai back in Stardom, as they’re investing more money in the promotion and
need big stars. And Sane’s WWE deal is thought to expire in just a few months, with her three-year
deal presumably finishing in March 2020 – and Dave Meltzer previously reporting she’s
“definitely expressed interest in exploring other options.”
But he’s now also added what Shirai’s feelings are on the whole situation…
The Wrestling Observer Radio has claimed that Io is unhappy in the United States working
for WWE because she’s away from her fiance – New Japan wrestler and new Never Openweight
6-man tag champion EVIL. Apparently they don’t get to see each other that often and she doesn’t
like being so far away from him. On top of this, she’s earning less in NXT than she
was in Stardom. But Io signed with WWE a year after Sane,
meaning her contract is likely up in June 2021. As we’ve seen over the last year,
though, wrestlers aren’t content to just wait out their deal expiration dates any more,
as they can just publicly request their releases on Twitter. Oh my God, Mike Kanellis has just
asked for his release again! Meltzer speculated that WWE might up her money soon to stop her
from trying to leave, as they’ve already put in a significant amount of time building
her up as one of NXT top heels: “Io may be moved to the main roster real
quick to keep [her from leaving] because then her pay goes way up because her pay in NXT
is nothing special. I heard she was making more money [with STARDOM].”
Asuka is also often lumped in with Sane and Shirai because, well, she’s Japanese. But
she’s reportedly perfectly happy in WWE at the moment and isn’t looking to go anywhere.
Don’t expect this to be the last time in 2020 that WWE needs to guard itself against
a threat from the East, as Vince McMahon might find himself like Germany in 1941, where Russia
turned babyface and created a war on two fronts. Which… I suppose, yes, in that case I am
comparing WWE to Nazi-era Germany. But purely on a battle strategy perspective. I’m not
say- After Kenny Omega, the Young Bucks and Cody
Rhodes left New Japan after last year’s WrestleKingdom 13, suddenly gutting the promotion
of its main event non-Japanese talent, NJPW has been understandably frosty towards the
new American promotion they went to start, AEW – with Dave Meltzer even reporting last
Summer that those initials were ‘forbidden’ backstage in New Japan.
But it seems AEW president Tony Khaaaaaan has a New Years Resolution: squash that beef.
Squash the beef! Squash the bee- Chris Jericho has revealed that it was him
who pitched the idea of putting an AEW title shot on the line in his non-title WrestleKingdom
14 match against Hiroshi Tanahashi yesterday, and Khan approved it. As Jericho won, it now
appears this was nothing more than a very effective promotional tactic to build excitement
around the match, and not Khan and New Japan signing off on a bigger working relationship.
But New Japan’s Japanese commentators did frequently bring up AEW in the show, the title
was heavily featured in the Jericho vs Tanahashi match, and the crowd did react loudly to the
championship belt – all good signs that something could be worked out between the two sides
later down the line. Right now, though, there’s no proper relationship behind-the-scenes,
but Le Champion himself Chris Jericho has vowed in his post-match WrestleKingdom interview
to make this happen: “The forbidden door is closed, but I don’t
think it needs to be closed. Put aside all of the hurt feelings and egos, put aside all
of the issues and politics and concentrate on great wrestling matches and big business…
I can see the amount of money that we could make together with AEW and New Japan, both
here in Japan and in the United States, and Canada, and England, and Australia, and all
around the world. So even though I beat Tanahashi tonight, I would be more than willing to wrestle
him again, any time, and I’d be willing to give him an AEW title shot. And Okada.
And Naito, and Suzuki, and Ibushi, and Ospreay.” Jericho’s words shouldn’t be taken lightly,
as he reportedly has a lot of backstage sway in AEW, and now he’s gotten a few other
wrestlers excited about the idea… Along with Jericho saying he expects to wrestle
on next year’s WrestleKingdom – most likely against one of those main event names he mentioned
in his interview – and Jericho’s current AEW title rival Jon Moxley will also continue
to wrestle for New Japan, leaving WrestleKingdom 14 not just with his newly re-won IWGP United
States championship, but also with a feud set up with Minoru Suzuki TAKE MY YEN NOW
– another AEW wrestler has tried to book himself in a New Japan match too, with the former
‘Tye Dillinger’ Shawn Spears tweeting Jay White:
“Hey Switchblade, We should wrestle sometime. Sincerely yours, The Chairman”
What dream match-ups do you want to see between AEW and New Japan? Let me know in the comments
down below because I’ll be replying to people FROM OUTTA NOWHERE for the first 30 minutes
after this video goes live! Sadly none can involve arguably the world’s
most exciting wrestler for the next few months, as PWInsider is reporting Will Ospreay suffered
an ankle injury – thought to be a broken heel – in his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title loss
to Hiromu Takahashi on Day 1. Which, despite Ospreay only having one foot to wrestle on,
will still likely be a 5 star breaking match when Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer ratings
come out on Thursday. If Kofi Kingston hadn’t signed a new multi-year
contract with WWE last month, you’d think the New Day might be trying to get released
themselves to go to New Japan or AEW too, as the latest episode of their WWE-endorsed
New Day: Feel the Power podcast might have had its most brutally honest comments yet.
The trio spoke about how Vince McMahon and WWE now gives them a lot more creative freedom
around their promos, with Big E revealing they do have a writer, but it’s their direction:
“We don’t write our own promos, but we are given promos and oftentimes we are able to
say ‘we don’t really care for this, so we’re not going to say that.’ So, we huddle in a
room for an hour and come up with what we want to say. Our creative process is so fun
and easy and organic. I don’t like when we have a writer. There’s three of us and we’ll
have a writer in the room, just lingering. It’s always easier for the three of us to
go into a room, sequestered, and just hash things out. We start popping ourselves and
getting on a roll to make things more creative and more us. I don’t want to take shots at
anyone, but if we read what was given to us on a regular basis….trash.”
Xavier Woods jumped in and tried to frame the ‘trash’ comment a bit more diplomatically:
“There are certain situations where, if you have someone writing for you that doesn’t
have similar life experiences or sense of humor, it’s harder for them to write in your
voice. That’s something we ran into.” The real reason has been revealed behind why
Liv Morgan made her shock return as Lana’s lover! Click the video on the right to find
out more! And watch mine and Luke’s full review of yesterday’s excellent WrestleKingdom
14 show by clicking the video below that! I’ve been Oli Davis, and that was wrestling.

100 thoughts on “WWE Stars Want JAPAN Move?! Chris Jericho Partnering AEW & New Japan?! | WrestleTalk News 2020

  1. No way NJPW will work with AEW. They're not gonna gain anything from it . Unless Daddy Khan cuts them a big fat check

  2. My ultimate NJPW x AEW card is as followed:

    Ryuske Taguchi v Michael Nakazawa

    The Inner Circle ( Sammy G, Proud & Powerful, & Jake Hager ) v. The Bullet Club ( Chase Owens, G.O.D, & Bad Luck Fale )

    Switchblade Jay White v Chairman Shawn Spears

    SHO & YOH v. The Youngbucks

    Will Osprey v. Rey Fenix

    Lance Archer v. Pentagon Jr

    Minoru Suzuki & ZSJ v. Jon Moxley & Pac

    Sanada v. Hangman Adam Page

    FinJuice v. Private Party

    Hiroki Goto v. Chris Jericho

    Kenta v. Darby Allen

    Yoshi Hashi & Kazuchka Okada v. Cody & Dustin Rhodes

    Kota Ibushi v Kenny Omega


    3:09 Not that we got see it if we weren't there though!!! WTF NJPW!!! Put the match on the air DAMN IT!!!

  4. Ok this needs a thread separate from my other comments: I look at The Elite leaving NJPW as a good thing for wrestling fans, it gives other wrestlers exposure to the new audience that they've been getting the last few years. I LOVED watching all the wrestlers that I knew nothing about in the G1 Climax, it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

  5. WWE is now only a shadow of what it was. While AEW does show some promise however it needs to develop its own farm system.

  6. Hearing about unhappy superstars is never a good thing, especially spending a few years in a wrestling promotion, as it relates to IO Shiral it is important to be to love ones. As it relates to her being on NXT I hope to see her as NXT women’s champion soon because she is a great heel superstar, Matt Handy is also a superstar who is not happy. It would be cool to see a partnership with AEW and NJPW, Jon Moxley and Chris Jericho did both have matches at wrestle kingdom so this could be a start to seeing that in the future.

  7. Does text (quotes) always move slightly in WrestleTalk videos?… I felt like i was having an acid flashback while reading it… idk it doesn't seem like something that would lose you views if you guys had stationary text. just saying. Also keep up the amazing work!!

  8. I didn't know that EVIL and Io Shirai are together and I understand her desire to leave. And I am really getting tired of this NJPW/AEW partnership, something that will never happen. why can't people just drop it and move on!?!?? NJPW clearly doesn't want that. In my opinion, I'm glad that Jericho won the match so that the forbidden door stays shut. It doesn't really matter to me if Jericho stops showing up in new japan because the double gold is the highlight of the year and I'm excited about Naito and KENTA's storyline. I'm also excited about Moxley and Suzuki's feud. as for Shawn Spears, fuck off!! you're not worthy of being jay white's opponent. he is on a whole new level. you're just going to be a jobber to him.

  9. Once NJPW discovers that without that AXS TV 📺 viewers,they will be more open to merge with AEW. They turned down AXS when Impact Wrestling joined the network. Okata vs Omega for the NJPW title in AEW

    K I S S I N G

    On a more serious note, I had no idea they were a couple and that's really awesome/cute lol

  11. Dustin Rhodes vs Tanashi could be an instant classic considering their working styles and classic in-ring storytelling

  12. The "paycut" kairi sane & io shirai took may be deceptive seeing as TAXES are higher in Japan and on top of that Florida has no income tax

  13. Its kinda funny when Woods talks about "similar life experiences" or when he was talking about becoming a racist from reading Malcolm X like he comes from the hood from all appearances he seemed to grow up upper middle class

  14. To be fair… Asuka and Io were in a trio with Io's sister called Triple Tails. So really Io Sharai is the link that links Asuka and Kairi. I would LOVE to see Io join Asuka and Kairi and form a heel stable and run roughshod over the women's division with Io and Kairi as the tag champs and Asuka as a singles champion. She could take the title off Charlotte at Mania as revenge for breaking her streak two years ago. Then Sasha and Becky could be a dysfunctional tag team that is constantly at war with each other and Io and Kairi over the tag titles. Since the tag titles are brandless, it's logical that a tag team could consist of members of opposing brands. And then just hire EVIL as soon as his contract is up and hotshot him into a feud with AJ or Nakamura for the midcard championship while joining forces with his fiancee. Oh, wait. That would be interesting and WWE is more about the most predictably boring angles. Which is why I stopped watching that shit.

  15. i think jericho used that bait to easily/freely hint njpw the weight of aew audience in their shows. i myself never watched wrestlekingdom or any njpw content (besides wrestletalk reports on it) and i did watched wk14 because of that bait

  16. Tired of hearing about Tony Kahn he has no money, it’s all from Daddy have no respect for him at all. Whoopie doo Daddy controls the cash.

  17. Do realize, this all started with my favorite BASTARD, PAC.. I think he knew about AEW and it was another reason for him to ask for his release

  18. But as you all know, AXS TV has dumped New Japan (unbelievable). A letter campaign?
    Or is there another way to watch this? YouTube shows only bits and pieces with (beg pardon) talking heads taking up the 90% of the video. Help!

  19. One way to keep Io Shairi is find a way to keep her is find out when her fiance's contract is up. Sign him as soon as possible.

  20. I've always respected Chris Jericho since first seeing him in SMW but never have enjoyed his stuff as much as now. If anybody could help bring AEW & NJPW together, it's him. Plus, it's really time for GoD to be big stars in the states.

  21. Aew is not on the same league as NJPW. Aew should stay forbidden I'd rather have a wwe relationship why team with 2nd rate wwe. Seriously the elite are the only ones the rest are glorified indies.

  22. Wtf, who else were surprised that Io and Evil are engaged lol, now her heel turn makes total sense. Io should go to Japan and form LIJ female

  23. I understand that NJPW is hesitant to do business with AEW. Their top Gaijin talent left, gave them competition in a territory they were hoping to expand in, and wasted their top title on Kenny. But expected to completely accept a "soooo we're still cool, right?" from them because why tf not and hey Jericho's a major person to deal with…

  24. I think the worse thing NJPW could do is build a working relationship with AEW. NJPW already has the better product, they just need a new home in the US, AEW would be the only one to gain from NJPW. Plus WWE just needs to invest in NXT Japan and let Shirai be closer to her future hubby, I wouldn't be surprised if she just retired.

  25. Y2J Saving AEW and NJPW and underrated superstars
    CM Punk Saving himself by burying/shooting on the Miz calling Miz a 'SELLOUT", with Miz doing what Heels should do

    Y2J reeks of awesomeness drink the bubbly maaaaan
    CM Punk Leaks reasons why he wasnt pushed on wresltemania

  26. As someone who plays Bushiroads card games and is also a huge wrestling fan, it's always weird when I hear them brought up and get reminded that, oh yeah, they own NJPW. Makes going to their annual event/tournament fun though, since they also put on wrestling shows. Got to see a pretty cool Stardom show this year.

  27. Kari and any other of the Asian women talent should stay. The Japanese only want a payday and will continue to abuse them if the come back. Watch Asuka's matches and any other, degrading in most and sure there maybe some that have a positive tone but the money is not worth it.

  28. that's very good aew and new Japan would be so bad ass I see bullet club coming back stronger and must see again see many story lines and so many matches oh yeah

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