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Is Impact the best promotion in wrestling history?

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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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