As Tony Khan prepares to make another huge announcement on AEW Dynamite a new report has given an update on what fans might be able to expect.
Throughout AEW’s relatively short history, President Tony Khan has become known for enjoying an old-fashioned hyped-up big announcement.
Khan’s most recent announcement came on the March 2nd edition of AEW Dynamite where he revealed that he was now the owner of Ring of Honor. The deal included intellectual property as well as the promotion’s video library.
Fast forward to April 13th episode of Dynamite and it was confirmed that Khan will be making another announcement on April 20th. The news was delivered during a rundown of the card for the upcoming show, and no hint at what the announcement might be was given.
However, that hasn’t stopped significant speculation online, with many suggesting that there could be an AEW/New Japan Pro Wrestling super-show in the works.
During an appearance on Sunday Night’s Main Event, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, gave an update on a potential cross-promotional show. Meltzer explained that he had actually asked whether the announcement would be about an AEW/NJPW show, and while no one had confirmed that it was, the story wasn’t denied either.
“I heard the rumours of a New Japan/AEW show and the only thing I can say is I asked and it wasn’t denied,”
“It wasn’t confirmed and they’re not going to confirm to me the surprise. So, to me that leaves that one on the table as a potential surprise because if they are not doing that show, I believe I would have been told ‘we’re not doing that show.’ So, I think there’s smoke to that fire.”
Meltzer also addressed the idea that the news could be a streaming deal or distribution deal for Ring of Honor.
“The streaming deal, we know that he’s working on that. Obviously, he’s got to work on a distribution deal for Ring of Honor.”
“They need new distribution to keep it going. So, I think that timing wise that makes the most sense of a story,”
Since the acquisition of Ring of Honor, the promotion has begun to feature regularly on AEW programming. On Battle of the Belts II on April 16th, Jonathan Gresham defended the ROH World Championship against Dalton Castle.
Meanwhile, on the April 13th Dynamite, Samoa Joe won the ROH World Television Championship from Minoru Suzuki.
H/t to FigureFourOnline for the transcription.