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I believe that's why wwe wants to do it, they don't want aew and njpw making a partnership and either growing especially more eye balls on aew.
 

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I believe that's why wwe wants to do it, they don't want aew and njpw making a partnership and either growing especially more eye balls on aew.
Regardless of WWEs intentions, from new Japan's perspective if you have a genuine choice between a working relationship with WWE and a working relationship with AEW, you're obviously going to push for WWE. Your brand and talent will be on the biggest Wrestling promotion in the world, how anyone can argue that's not a good thing for new Japan I don't know.
 

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Regardless of WWEs intentions, from new Japan's perspective if you have a genuine choice between a working relationship with WWE and a working relationship with AEW, you're obviously going to push for WWE. Your brand and talent will be on the biggest Wrestling promotion in the world, how anyone can argue that's not a good thing for new Japan I don't know.
Oh of course that I am sure of

But why wwe is doing this is to spite another federation not for any other reason

Wonder how much coke Tony Khan snorts. That promo, good grief...
It's funny how he folds his arms and pushes his biceps :lol:
 

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Regardless of WWEs intentions, from new Japan's perspective if you have a genuine choice between a working relationship with WWE and a working relationship with AEW, you're obviously going to push for WWE. Your brand and talent will be on the biggest Wrestling promotion in the world, how anyone can argue that's not a good thing for new Japan I don't know.
Depends how they treat your company. Look at the likes of Sting in WWE and how WCW was just used to put the WWF over as a the big boys. Thats exactly what you wouldnt want as NJPW, also they have an American promotion and show.

AEW is much more likely to allow NJPW contracted talent to win big matches against the bigger AEW talents. Someone from NJPW beating Reigns, Lashley, Drew or Braun doesnt seem likely at all. But Omega or Moxley being beaten and having a series of matches with a top NJPW seems a lot more likely, because they've done it before and AEW has a history of working well with others - see NWA and the few NJPW who have appeared so far.

Now if WWE were actually going to do that, something they've not done for many many decades and actually give respect to another company and make out they matter then yeah it would be cool for NJPW if Okada beats Reigns, then Reigns beats Okada in a rematch and they got for a 3rd and final match with a real finish.

Kenny Omega on Ospreay and Jay White

“Before I left New Japan, I pulled aside Ospreay and Jay White,” Omega says. “I don’t even know if I should tell this story, but I will. I told both, ‘This company, at least the western expansion and the pride of the foreigners, it’s all in your hands. They’re going to look to you to carry this thing, so you’ve got to do it.’ I said it to Jay and Ospreay knowing it was a likely scenario, but also hoping to light a fire under both of them.”

With Ospreay forced to vacate New Japan’s championship, Omega was asked whether regaining that belt is among his top priorities.

“For Ospreay, he’d really came into his own,” Omega says. “He made a complete career shift, and he was going to be a fantastic champion. He made changes to his body, he made changes to his style, his look, his demeanor. He became the person that he needed to be the champion of that company. Unfortunately, becoming champion wasn’t enough for him. He tried to fill my shoes.

“Physically, even though he is one of the most gifted performers to ever step foot in the ring, there is only one Kenny Omega—and you can’t fill those shoes. Thus, now his belt is vacant, so perhaps it was always meant to be my belt and my belt alone. That’s not me making a firm statement as to whether I’ll make a venture out there, just that there is no one there that can fill my shoes or override my legacy. When Ospreay comes back, he’ll have to re-analyze who he is and who he’s meant to be, because he’s not meant to be me.”
 
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Current Roman v current Moxley would be fun

I think lashley roman drew would be most protected for sure and rightfully so.
Wish wwe would do booking like that for 20+ year olds rather than 40+ year olds
 

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Nick Khan-'t get the job done


Destroyed
 

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What an atmosphere at double or nothing

Also, Rush has signed with NJPW. So this is another NJPW talent on an AEW show. Doesnt seem like WWE are New Japan's only American partner
 
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Props to AEW, they're committed to the brass ring gimmick. The guy who won it on the last PPV got pinned by a 62 year old last night.
 

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Yup, along with Aleister Black, Lana, Buddy Murphy, and Ruby Riott.

This came out of nowhere. I'm not sure if AEW will go after Strowman or Black, and I wouldn't be surprised if either or both of them end up in Impact. Maybe Black might end up in NJPW by some chance.
 

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Sorry... What!?

Strowman who was just in a (really good) title match?

Black who had literally just redubted?

Isn't Ruby Riot on TV every week?

It's almost like there's no joined up thinking...
 

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What is going on with WWE?
That Braun cut is shocking
The online rumours are that it's up for sale and one of the mega-entertainment companies will be buying it. These releases are a way to make things look sunnier for the finances, or so I've read.
 

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The online rumours are that it's up for sale and one of the mega-entertainment companies will be buying it. These releases are a way to make things look sunnier for the finances, or so I've read.
So Vince is finally gonna cave in or he stay?
The offer must be massive if Vince finally entertain the idea of selling
 

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Probably some of them were deemed to be on too much money for how WWE wants to use them. They were hoarding everyone before the pandemic
 

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What a shock. No idea what WWE is doing anymore, people in title matches and being rebooted then being released while some non entities stay.

Is this still relevant:

 

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The online rumours are that it's up for sale and one of the mega-entertainment companies will be buying it. These releases are a way to make things look sunnier for the finances, or so I've read.
This has to be it. I don't know how else to explain these cuts. It's really hard to imagine Vince selling WWE though. I always expected him to die in the chair.

Can only assume the offer is too good to refuse.
 

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I'll take a stab and say they arent selling and people are making that up without any evidence.

We'll see soon enough. Fightful Select are suggesting that Braun had a $1 million dollar+ contract since 2019 and going into 2023. They claim they spoke to several talent who werent surprised by his release.

Maybe Vince just prefers another big guy thats cheaper
 

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I'll take a stab and say they arent selling and people are making that up without any evidence.

We'll see soon enough. Fightful Select are suggesting that Braun had a $1 million dollar+ contract since 2019 and going into 2023. They claim they spoke to several talent who werent surprised by his release.

Maybe Vince just prefers another big guy thats cheaper
They have Keith Lee who was white hot coming from NXT and absolutely killed him to the point of seeing him released also wouldn't be a shock.

Strange place is WWE
 

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If a sports team release a talent that’s on a contract they have to pay up the duration, so why don’t WWE?
 

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Not sure how they are still allowed to get away with that BS
 

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They have Keith Lee who was white hot coming from NXT and absolutely killed him to the point of seeing him released also wouldn't be a shock.

Strange place is WWE
As he hasnt been on the last few lists I'm guessing he'll be okay whatever his issue is. It would have been easy for him to have been on one of the lists if they didnt want to use him
 

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If a sports team release a talent that’s on a contract they have to pay up the duration, so why don’t WWE?

WWE contracts are nuts. We can release you from your contract at the drop of a hat... But if you want to quit us? Tough shit.
 

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I know it’s easy to just automatically link everyone to AEW, but didn’t Mark Henry recruit Braun for WWE? He’s in AEW now, so that contact is there.

There’s an Aleister Black shirt available for preorder on the WWE shop, so that seems like a very sudden decision.
 

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On one hand I find letting go of some the talent they have absolutely ludicrous, but on the other, they fecking hoard talent so it's not the worst thing.
 

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I know it’s easy to just automatically link everyone to AEW, but didn’t Mark Henry recruit Braun for WWE? He’s in AEW now, so that contact is there.

There’s an Aleister Black shirt available for preorder on the WWE shop, so that seems like a very sudden decision.
Aleister even tweeted about it
I mean he just returned and cost big e a match / title so yeah it's very sudden


Tommy End would be the one I get if I'm aew. Rest probably go around like tna and Japan? Hmm. Roh is that running now? Haven't caught up on that yet