AEW & New Japan ‘Open’ To Working Together?! Matt Hardy WWE CLASH! | WrestleTalk News Dec. 2019

AEW & New Japan ‘Open’ To Working Together?! Matt Hardy WWE CLASH! | WrestleTalk News Dec. 2019

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When All Elite Wrestling officially announced itself at the start of this year, it seemed
the wrestling world was about to form a mega-faction against WWE’s decades-long resthold-through-a-commercial-break
over the industry. Surely the new promotion would team up with the second most financially
successful wrestling company in the world after WWE – and arguably the artform’s leader
– New Japan Pro Wrestling. Problem was, AEW took four of New Japan’s
biggest stars, gutting their biggest faction, the Bullet Club, Understandably leaving New
Japan a bit miffed – with Dave Meltzer reporting back in July that AEW was a “taboo” subject
backstage in New Japan, and the relationship was “fractured”.
And it’s not just the bad feels between the two sides that’s stopping them from
working together, but also the global wrestling chessboard’s historic alliances and rivalries
– with New Japan’s longstanding working relationships with Ring Of Honor and CMLL,
which are direct competitors with AEW and AEW’s Mexican partner promotion AAA respectively.
But that hasn’t stopped two of AEW’s highest profile stars in Jon Moxley and Chris Jericho
wrestling for New Japan this year – with Jericho, the AEW champion, set to fight Hiroshi Tanahashi
at next month’s WrestleKingdom. Nevertheless, Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks tweeted about
the potential relationship: “it’s really not happening. Been asked this thousands of
times and telling the truth is always best. Don’t want fans holding onto something that
has zero chance of happening.” Which is exactly what a co-executive vice
president of a wrestling promotion trying to cover up a larger working relationship
with another wrestling promotion would say! New Japan and AEW working together confirmed
– which New Japan big boss President man Harold Meij has potentially foreshadowed in an interview
with Fox Sports: “We’re very open to working with anyone, we
don’t exclude anyone. But it does take time to create that trust between companies…
We’ll have to see if that brand fits our brand of course. At this stage, they still have
different styles than we do, and that’s the only thing. We’re looking at what their brand
positioning is and whether it complements ours.”
If Orange Cassidy doesn’t scream hard-hitting New Japan strong style, I don’t know what
does! Do you want to see AEW and New Japan work
together and why? Let me know in the comments because I’ll be replying FROM OUTTA NOWHERE
for the first 30 minutes after this video goes live!
But then Meij went onto say that New Japan is there “for the long run with partners
that we tie up with.” Meaning their current US-exclusive wrestling BFFs Ring of Honor.
Put the bubbly on ice, Luke. And while you’re at it, order 10,000 more Jericho-branded bottles
for the Christmas party. Following AEW Le Champion Chris Jericho announcing
that his own brand of sparkling wine was now on sale at last Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite,
he’s revealed on Instagram how that product launch went.
“Unbelievable to hear that #ALittleBitOfTheBubbly sold 10,000 bottles in just over 2 days! The
demand was so crazy that you crashed 19 servers on the Bubbly website!! Thanks to all of you
who wanted to be a part of this libation sensation…Order yours now at! (link
in bio) #LeChampion” Because AEW are far more than just a t-shirt
company. They’re also a novelty wine company. Man, wrestling fans will buy anything. Did
I mention we here at WrestleTalk launched our brand new shop last
Friday with brand new designs including WrestleTalk classics, presenter logos and our very cool
Foreign Objects line with little wrestling weapons on the left pec drawn by our amazing
fan @luckyrabbitrobb on Instagram! Please buy some.
And because ‘tis the season of consumerism’, maybe treat yourself to a ridiculously expensive
Fiend-specific WWE Universal championship belt!
Last week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter revealed Bray Wyatt’s Fiend is the number
1 merchandise seller in the company – with Hurt & Heal Gloves, Firefly Fun House puppets,
and at some live events, Bray Wyatt head replica lanterns. As Kenner toy development executive
Bernard Loomis famously once said about Star Wars, it’s a toyetic franchise. What Bray
has created with such a rich and fascinating lore around the Fiend, is a merchetic wrestling
gimmick. And true to form, WWE are immediately going
to run that well dry and make as much merch as possible did I mention we’ve got new
t-shirts too. Rather ingeniously, on Friday’s episode
of SmackDown, Bray said that he has his Blueniversal title, so it’s only fair that his Fiend
alter-ego gets his own design too: The Fiend’s face stretched across a belt as though it’s
made of human skin. And that can be yours for the small price
of $6,499.99. To be fair to that very highly priced product,
the belt is a limited run collector’s edition and is handcrafted by the studio of famed
horror special effects maestro Tom Savini. I guess I’ll have to make do with the far
more terrifying Paige Here variant. Thanks to Harrison Berry for emailing that in!
But Bray isn’t just responsible for letting the Fiend into WWE… he also kind of made
Woken Matt Hardy happen too. After being one of the hottest acts in wrestling
through 2016 and 17 with his insane Broken Universe gimmick, developing a cult following
at Impact Wrestling, where he received almost complete creative freedom, getting entire
TV episodes devoted to his vision, Matt Hardy left the promotion because of contract renegotiations
falling through, had one fantastic ladder match against the Young Bucks in Ring of Honor,
then made his WWE return with his brother Jeff at WrestleMania 33.
They did so as the Hardy Boyz gimmick, one that was already about 15 years out of date,
and the nostalgia pop quickly wore off despite them holding the tag team championships. The
brothers were split up with Jeff getting a singles push, leaving Matt to finally create
a WWE version of his Broken character – Woken Matt Hardy.
Unfortunately, despite being critically well-received in a WWE Network House Hardy special and an
Ultimate Deletion segment on Raw, the promotion never seemed to truly believe in the gimmick.
Which is totally understandable, as it’s a very divisive act, and potentially could
turn off part of the mainstream audience. But perhaps seeing how his former Deletors
of Worlds tag partner Bray has found so much success with creative freedom over his own
rather wacky character – Matt is reportedly clashing with WWE officials over his contract
renegotiations. According to PWInsider, after signing a two
year deal back in 2017, which was extended another year by WWE before WrestleMania 35,
Matt’s deal will now expire in February 2020 – but “While the two sides have been
in discussions, [PWInsider is] told that how Hardy will be used going forward has been
the biggest sticking point in negotiations.” Apparently Hardy and WWE aren’t that “far
apart on financial considerations” – meaning WWE have probably offered him a load of money
like they are everyone else out of fear talent will go to AEW – but they won’t commit to
using him consistently on TV. An idea that was very clear last Monday, when Matt made
his onscreen return to WWE from outta nowhere – i.e. unannounced – to lose in a squash match
to Buddy Murphy while dressed as the late 90s. And that could push him to WWE’s biggest
competitor… PWInsider also notes that Matt realises this
could be one of the last contracts he ever signs, given that he’s just turned 45 and
how he almost retired last year because of injury. With WWE looking to sign most people
for five year deals – like the recent contracts announced for The Miz, Paige and Randy Orton,
that would keep Matt in the promotion until he’s 50, which would likely mean the end
of his in-ring career. Given Matt’s history with the Bucks, how
AEW have given their wrestlers significant creative freedom, and that they’re really
the only other promotion in the US that can match WWE’s money offer, the educated guess
would be Hardy takes his Broken gimmick there if he can’t reach an agreement with Vince
McMahon. An educated guess that Matt himself has been
keen to tease, launching his new YouTube series ‘Free the Delete’ last month, an obvious
play on the Young Bucks’ long-running show Being the Elite – which PWInsider claim is
a way to reintroduce his Broken Matt character, a gimmick he smartly retained the rights to
when returning to WWE. “[Matt] is planning ahead by using YouTube
and social media to prepare for his potential return to the independent scene and beyond,
obviously, as “Broken” Matt, a persona that he’s had phenomenal success with, both from
a creative and a merchandise standpoint.” And nowhere is that more obvious than in his
latest Free the Delete episode, which begins with the voiceover:
“Gotta get in shape, gotta build a reservoir, gotta be a dad. No time, no direction. 13
weeks…” 13 weeks from the date of upload just so happens
to be the end of February, where PWInsider report Matt’s WWE contract expires.
One spanner in the wrestling work, however, is that episode also appears to set up a feud
with Bray Wyatt – as a lady voice whispers ‘Let Me In’, while the background piano
music sounds like a rendition of Bray’s Broken Out In Love theme tune. A main event
feud over the Universal Champions for Hardy, however, is sadly very unlikely given WWE’s
treatment of Matt over the last two years. It’s far more possible the Wyatt references
are just a continuation of the last time we saw the Lake of Reincarnation, where Matt
used it to rid Wyatt of the Sister Abigail spirit during the Ultimate Deletion segment
on Raw. Matt has also tweeted over the last few days:
“ALWAYS MOVE FORWARD” and “Considering I’m in a very secure place in my life, being
creatively fulfilled & pushing the business forward is very important to me now.”
Where do you think Matt Hardy will end up? Vote in the poll above my head!
Season 3 of our fantasy wrestling predictions league WrestleLeague – available to participate
in for all $5 a month of more Pledgehammers on Patreon! – controversially concluded at
Survivor Series last week which saw Chopper Pete lose the office rankings, meaning he
has to do a music video punishment. And thanks to your suggestions and votes,
the result is… Tyler Breeze’s #MMMGorgeous with a massive 53% of the Question on a Poll
match! Chopper’s off this week, so we’ll get
that made next week, and we’ll make him do loads of embarrassing things he really
doesn’t want to do. Three big stars returned on last Friday’s
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I’ve been Oli Davis, and that was wrestling.

100 Replies to “AEW & New Japan ‘Open’ To Working Together?! Matt Hardy WWE CLASH! | WrestleTalk News Dec. 2019”

  1. OLI: Do you want to see AEW and New Japan work together and why? Let us know in the comments, because I'll be replying to people FROM OUTTA NOWHERE!
    AEW & New Japan Update – 0:20 / A Little Bit Of The Sell-Out – 2:53 / Bray Wyatt Merch – 4:03 / Matt Hardy WWE Clash – 5:21

  2. It would be fun to see AEW use that hard hitting New Japan style. Imagine will ospreay vs Kenny omega if that is not a dream match I don't know what is.

  3. What happened to the OG wrestletalk Marty Scurll host, contract is up. AEW is looking hot for if he just debuts 😁😁😁😁

  4. I think New Japan and AEW working together will be a good move. I am sure New Japan would love to have omega and the bucks on selected dates again. Matt Hardy is slow and seems to have lost a lot of flexibility but I think AEW would be the perfect place for him. A stable of outcasts like Darby Alin under the broken umbrella would be cool. I think he needs to keep the bumping to a minimum and stick to tag team wrestling that show off his strong points and hides his lack of mobility. He still has a lot to offer fans if used correctly.

  5. Also Matt Hardy was never seen has a big star by WWE so it makes sense to go somewhere where they treat you like star and you get loads of time off compared to WWE.

  6. I think Matt will resign with WWE even thought Vince hasn’t been his biggest fan over the years always seeing him as a mid carder he knows Hardy can always get himself naturally over as a face or heel with AEW already having Jericho and Ambrose I think WWE will let him use the broken character if it means he resign Matt has said in the past he wants to end his career in WWE so why lose a big name that’s want to stay with the company and who could make you more money

  7. I MEAN COME ON WE NEED THIS AEW-NJPW working relationship! Forget the fact that the Bullet Club’s more popular members/top stars broke away and join Cody to go to AEW. Think of all the matchups! A deep talent pool outside of WWE. Benefits both promotions. It will further legitimize AEW as a budding promotion, while NJPW will get better exposure from their underutilized talent.

    Also, we can have better matchups for tournaments like the G1 and Best of the Super Juniors! YES PLEASE!

  8. Matt commented on his own video saying ADW all delete wrestling and he is putting over talent on is way out

  9. Just wanna say, Broken Matt, would be perfect in AEW. Also, have his brother Jeff come with him as Broken Nero. In fact, let's have Jeff Hardy be his alternate ego Willow. Then have them team up in a rematch with the Bucks. See, it writes itself.

  10. Okay you are not covering the whole thing. The voice doesn't just say "Let me in" in fact before saying that it clearly said "The world is evil" and "You're the one."

    If you go back to one of Brays old promo's he tells the story of Story Abigail, where he explains that she would tell him "The world is evil." And "You're the one."

    The voice also said "choose me" which prompted the guy to scoop up that spot in the lake like there was something different about it, then picking to dump it as the last bucket to be poured out of two buckets since Matt told him that just one more bucket would be enough.

  11. Every single wrestler that has a dispute y'all just automatically report that they are going to aew. It's getting ridiculous

  12. Never understood the love of NJPW. Think a lot of it is just American fans thinking that NJPW does nothing wrong because we know nothing about Japanese politics.

  13. say it with me, All DELETE Wrestling. hell, they'd probably give him a whole youtube series like Dark. a weekly high budget hour long series of pure broken brilliance. POSITIVELY DELIGHTFUL.

  14. After what that scum human paige did with her belt she deserves her face on one to be messed on to.

  15. I want to see them working together because I want to see Kenny Omega carry both Heavyweight titles of both companies.

  16. I think Matt's done enough at WWE. I think he's gotten as far as he can go there. My dream would be to have him put over the Fiend as Woken Matt in one last feud before he leaves for greener pastures. He'd be great at AEW working with the Bucks or Jericho!

  17. I hope Matt stays in wwe but if he doesn’t get creative freedom I’d rather see a happy Matt hardy in awe then the sad 90’s Matt in wwe then again wwe could surprise us and give him a deal he’s could be happy with

  18. PLEASE WWE! Do Broken Matt Hardy on Raw and the Fiend on Smackdown. After the Two guys get so over with the crowd and than make the Match at a big PPV

  19. AEW and NJPW need to work together coz AEW is on mainstream media which will help NJPW and AEW seriously need some big stars which NJPW can provide.

  20. Matt should go to AEW, and help the young tag teams like Jericho is doing to the younger single stars.

    He could provide invaluable knowledge.

  21. "Would you like the idea of AEW & NJPW to work together?"

    What do you think?! Yes! For the love of the Lord, Yes! Why is this a question?!


  23. Anyone who thinks that this Fiend belt is a reaction to Bray being the top merch seller is naive.

    Tom Savini is an artist. He didn't make that belt in a day. This is obviously something that's been in the works for quite some time.

  24. if aew,njpw and impact and roh joined together wwe would be out of business 24 hours later if theres no talent for them to sign theres no money which means no stocks knowing vinces senile thought tho his main problem would be how to get seth rollins over lmao

  25. AEW would be making a huge mistake to hire Matt Hardy. His last few matches are hard to watch. He’s done in ring. If they hire him for less money that would be different

  26. I think Matt will probably re-sign with WWE. He’s always said that he’s grateful that WWE resigned him and Jeff despite their pasts and probably wants to end his career in WWE. Matt and Vince are known to be very close so hopefully Vince trusts Matt enough to give him the creative freedom he needs to go Broken. And also because Vince probably doesn’t want to make the same mistakes thrice over and lose the Hardy Boyz to another rival promotion again.

  27. Does anybody else listen to the wrestletalk but at a faster higher speed I listen too it at 1.5X the speed lol it's actually pretty entertaining adds more volume to their character

  28. I do not take anything Dave Meltzer says to be worth a damn. It always spunds like meltzer and Bryan Alvarez always say "according to their sources…" is more like a cop out if whatever they say doesn't come true. It always sounds like they throw a bunch of crap against a wall and see what sticks. Wish these reports about Meltzer would stop being reported.

  29. The ugly fiend mask is 6 grand, but the unbelievably awesome undertaker belt is only 500.00, I know where my money's going!

  30. Fire orange Cassidy he is garbage he don't do shit as a wrestler .if ain't wrestling he should not be in the ring he just sucks.

  31. I'm literally just subscribed cause to listen to oly, he's a likeable guy I don't even care about wrestling anymore lol

  32. I'd love of they could have a working relationship but if that doesnt happen. All talent be free for 1 show a year in some All In style show. Sort of a NJPW, ROH, AEW, AAA, CMLL supercard. Now there is so many dream matches I cant even think straight

  33. aew n njpw and their Actual wrestling could kill that stupid company, wwe. maybe then wwe would realize how their quality has gone down. that fiend title.. if people were dumb enough to buy that… wow. there are better things to get for that cash lol

  34. Hmm almost 50 and out of shape, a mid-carder and a WWE guy, Matt sounds exactly like someone AEW would sign. I mean they were desperate enough to have Ricky Morton doing spots for them. While they’re at it they should sign the Iron Sheik and Sargent Slaughter too. It would only help that roster.

  35. If Matt Hardy goes to AEW will Jeff Hardy be shortly I hope not cause if CM Punk is coming back to WWE then they should have one last fued before Jeff Hardy goes to AEW

  36. AEW is a jobber fed it is nothing but jobbers jobbing for jobbers their Champion is an old lady that lost her purse with the championship in it the first day

  37. Matt Hardy's body is seriously so broken that he can't really wrestle anymore. They are not giving him any big push in AEW if he goes so what's the point.. Just sign with WWE and start to train people or something dude. You have to realize when it is OVAH!

  38. The content is always great, I personally enjoyed Matt Handy’s broken gimmick especially in impact wrestling and what was the most entertaining was his son was also apart of that storyline.

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