There is a story in Tokyo Sports today (3/2/20) talking about the possibility of a WWE and All Japan Pro Wrestling working relationship.
They said AJPW’s Jun Akiyama will travel to the USA to have a meeting with Triple H. Akiyama will also be a guest coach at the WWE Performance Center in Florida. He announced he was stepping down as AJPW President in July 2019 and took on the position of G.M. in October 2019.
The article mentioned a list of all of the Japanese wrestlers that WWE has been brought in on the roster and as guest coaches at the WWE PC over the past few years. They assume current All Japan Triple Crown Champion Kento Miyahara could be next in some capacity.
Akiyama commented on the report. He said the schedule of his meeting in the USA was changed because of the Coronavirus concerns. He will be coming over in May. He is also telling fans on his social media that he is just going over to guest coach and he says he’s no longer G.M. He said he always had plans to be a guest coach and he will return to Japan after. He said it will be up to AJPW President Tsuyoki Fukuda and other management to decide any business agreement between the two companies.
Fukuda gave a statement saying he is proud Akiyama was invited to coach. He said no agreement has been made with WWE at this time but he hopes Akiyama’s visit with them will be positive for both sides.
There has been tons of speculation about WWE looking to set up a territory in Japan since last year. They have been talking to a few different Japanese companies, including All Japan, in hopes of working together to establish a new company there. The WWE NXT Japan stories started in the Summer 2019 around those meetings.
For what it’s worth, I have noticed WWE’s Japan Twitter account has become increasingly active this year. In the past they would tweet only when WWE was planning to run shows in Japan and any news related to Shinsuke Nakamura and The Kabuki Warrior. Now it reports on every major WWE and NXT storyline, shows clips of key Raw, Smackdown and NXT matches, and promotes the WWE Network.
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