NJPW General Manager Michael Craven has opened up on why the promotion doesn’t have a working relationship with AEW despite using some of their top stars at upcoming shows.
Chris Jericho is returning to face Kazuchika Okada at Dominion on June 9 while Jon Moxley set to make his NJPW debut at Best of Super Juniors Finals on Wednesday when he challenges Juice Robinson for the IWGP US Title.
It’s been reported that Jericho and Kenny Omega have the clause in their AEW deals that they can take dates with NJPW. Despite this, the two sides have yet to work out a deal for a working agreement.
Part of that is due to NJPW working with ROH as they have had an agreement in place for years now. For now, Craven won’t commit to AEW but wishes them the best of luck.
“NJPW has a long and rich history with our international partners, including CMLL in Mexico, Ring of Honor in America, and RevPro in the United Kingdom,” Craven told Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated.
“Loyalty is a big virtue, especially in Japanese culture. Loyalty to our partners is of utmost importance to us as we continue to foster the premiere network of wrestling talent in the world. We wish everybody at All Elite Wrestling nothing but the best in their ongoing endeavors, though we must stress we have no working arrangement at this time. Again, we think our partners seek and deserve loyalty and an appropriate amount of care. We want our relationships to be mutually beneficial over the long haul, rather than just thinking in the moment.”