It looks like Allie is leaving Impact for All Elite Wrestling, but for talent who aren’t wanting to work with that Anthem-owned promotion, or Ring of Honor and New Japan, signs continue to point to AEW contracts being pretty talent-friendly in terms of taking other bookings.
We already knew about deals such as the one Jimmy Havoc struck, where the Brit is both #AllElite but still performing for MLW. Then there are the crossovers with promotions like Mexico’s AAA, where luchadors will be working Double Or Nothing, and AEW EVPs The Young Bucks showed up at Rey de Reyes last weekend and captured gold.
Add Japan’s DDT to the mix. That was confirmed at recent AEW signee Michael Nakazawa’s farewell appearance in DDT, by another All Elite Executive Vice-President with ties to Japan’s WWE-does-puroresu fed… Kenny Omega. During a video played at DDT’s Mar. 21 show, Omega not only promised Nakazawa would return, but hinted he might, too…
Kenny worked for DDT prior to signing with NJPW in 2014, and it was there much of his Golden Lovers story with Kota Ibushi (and during his tenure with DDT that this Jim Cornette favorite) occurred. Nakazawa is also Ibushi’s translator on the Golden Star’s U.S. trips, so, maybe don’t give up hope of the Lovers story continuing.
Does that mean we shouldn’t give up hope for New Japan to decide to work with All Elite? It would have to for Kota to be #AllElite.
Me? I’m just gonna go rewatch Nakazawa’s stunner sell.