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Yeah, NJ just being okay with guys they plan on booking signing with Impact would actually be a big step forward in the relationship.

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2 hours ago, Memphis Mark said:

 Impact/ TNA just kicked NJPW off AXS TV  a year early because they refused to be partners.   The odds of NJPW and Impact being partners have to be slim and none.  In the long run I would not be shocked if NJPW buys ROH from Sinclair and broadcast ROH / NJPW on Sinclair 's  multiple platforms.  Anderson and Gallows may work some NJPW dates . However I seemed to recall that 4 talents quit NJPW after  Wrestle Kingdom with no notice.  Might be some heat .Might not be. Only Gedo knows.

NJ had guys on one year deals going from January-December, and all four  were set to be free agents. Shinsuke wanted to work an easier US style, and AJ/Gallows/Anderson got the typical "throw big bucks around to take another company's top guys because you can" offer.  I doubt there would be any heat, normally they wouldn't expect the gaijin to follow the usual Japanese ethos of staying loyal to one company. Plus Gallows and Anderson have always spoken well of their time in New Japan and clearly were looking to to back, so there clearly wasn't any heat on their end at least. 

There is also the possibility that under ideal circumstances NJ wouldn't want to work with Impact, (due to everything from the AXS situation all the way to still having hard feelings over Okada being used as a stereotyped jobber on his excursion there), but not being in a postion to not do business with anyone who wants to work with them in the new COVID influenced world.

Plus there is that weird dynamic where Don Callis and his crew were trying to smooth things over and build a relationship, only to have the Anthem people steamroll everything by cancelling the TV programming. 

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30 minutes ago, SirEdger said:

Is Don Callis still involved with New Japan?

He hasn't announced for them in a while, but he presumably still has decent relationships over there.

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30 minutes ago, Migs said:

He hasn't announced for them in a while, but he presumably still has decent relationships over there.

 

He spent the transition from announcer to head of Impact trying to convince the brass in New Japan that it's entirely different group in charge than the ones that make Okada into a joke. 

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So yeah Tessa was totally ghosted on this week's show, which is kinda old-school. The company does hurt though, because Elgin & Tessa were two of the main-eventers and Tessa had been their biggest and hottest name, and all of a sudden these are not there anymore with zero mention on TV. And then you get a Super Eric tease at the end of the show, which is probably the worst tease they could have done with me... 

Highlight was Locker Room Talk with Bravo, Taya and Rosemary. Slammiversary still looks like a pretty good card on paper.

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They did a good job restructuring the card dealing with the Blanchard/Elgin drama. I'm most excited for for Grace/Purrazzo, they've had a good build and also did a great job getting over Deonna's character.

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Between Madison Rayne interviewing herself on Locker Room Talk (those mini-steps killed me, also I'm convinced she's been inspired by Nicole Kidman in To Die For), Swinger trying to be Suicide and failing miserably and Moose saying there was "no proof the Earth was round", this week's show has been the most fun in weeks.

Plus two strong matches in the opener of Taya & Rosemary vs Susie & Kylie Ray and the closer of Callihan vs Alexander. They sure did a good job with the video hyping the main event of Slammiversary too. Also been enjoying Kimber Lee, hopefully she'll get some wins in the future.

Dunno what the tease was this week with a Beautiful People match in the Flashback... Maybe Tara. Maybe, well, Velvet (if Bully Ray shows up, why not ?).

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What would they honestly do with Velvet? She can't wrestle anymore and I don't see who on that roster they could pair her with.

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I was thinking more of a simple appearance at the PPV. 

But hey, they made Johnny Swinger one of the best thing in pro-wrestling in 2020 (not even joking). They managed to refresh RVD. At this point they can bring anyone and I have faith in this team to make something fun out of it.

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