Brody King has opened up about the differences in the creative process between AEW and New Japan Strong where storylines are heavily tied in with the in-ring action.
With the news that AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling will be working together on co-promoted super-show in June titled Forbidden Door, the relationship between the two promotions has come into sharp focus.
While a relationship between the two sides already existed, Forbidden Door will see that taken to a whole new level.
With regard to the show, one man who will hoping to be involved in the action is Brody King. The House of Black’s resident powerhouse has his own relationship with the Japanese promotion, appearing with NJPW Strong since 2019.
Speaking exclusively to Inside The Ropes’ very own Innes McVey, King discussed the creative differences between AEW and NJPW Strong. The former Ring of Honor star explained that he has a lot of creative freedom in AEW, while everything is much more focused on the in-ring story with New Japan.
“I wouldn’t say it’s (complete) creative freedom (in AEW). They, within reason, let you take an idea and see where you can go with it. I feel like New Japan is different in a way where it’s very much about the wrestling, it’s very much sports-based.
Most storylines happen within the wrestling ring and it’s up to you to convey those stories and to have these matches where people want to see the likes of Brody King vs Minoru Suzuki. There were times where me and JR Kratos went head-to-head in a couple of 6-man tag team matches and then the people were saying we want to see Brody King vs JR Kratos and then they put that out there. So it’s building these little stories within the matches that I feel is a special part of New Japan.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Brody King also hit back at criticism over the House of Black’s recent storyline with Julia Hart.
Brody King made his AEW debut back in January where he was unveiled as Malakai Black’s mystery partner. The pair were later joined by Buddy Murphy.
You can watch the full interview here.
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