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Major Update On Planned AEW/NJPW Show

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An update has emerged on the reported co-promoted show between All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, with a rumoured summer date seemingly pencilled in.

Following the launch of AEW in 2019, a co-promoted event between the Tony Khan-helmed promotion and New Japan Pro-Wrestling has been long-awaited by fans of both companies. A working relationship between the two promotions was established in February 2021, as KENTA made his surprise AEW debut during their Beach Break Dynamite special.

Since then, a multitude of New Japan-signed talent have made their way to All Elite Wrestling, including Tomohiro Ishii, Minoru Suzuki, and Yuji Nagata. In addition, the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship has been defended – and changed hands – on AEW programming, with Lance Archer dethroning Jon Moxley of the title in July 2021.

Now, it seems the co-promoted show will go ahead this June, perhaps much sooner than anyone was expecting. This comes by way of the Super J-Cast, who’ve reported that the joint show will be held on Thursday, 23 June in Chicago, Illinois. That, famously, is the hometown of current AEW star, CM Punk.

The event will mark the first of its kind for AEW. Although they’ve used a variety of wrestlers from other companies, such as New Japan, IMPACT Wrestling, and DDT Pro-Wrestling, they’re yet to officially co-promote a card with another established promotion. As of yet, there is no rumoured name for the card, nor any potential venues.

Last week, it was revealed that AEW’s primary weekly content – Dynamite and Rampage – will soon be coming to NJPW World in Japan, a deal that New Japan commentator Chris Charlton has confirmed will be exclusive to Japanese users. This will come at no extra cost to current NJPW World subscribers.

At the start of March, AEW founder Tony Khan acquired the rights to purchase Ring Of Honor, who enjoyed a long working relationship with New Japan prior to the existence of AEW. The inaugural ROH event under Khan’s pen saw New Japan’s Minoru Suzuki become the new ROH World Television Champion, though he’s since lost the title to Samoa Joe.