Re: Why is NJPW So Upset At AEW?
Losing Kenny Omega, especially, was a big hit to New Japan. They knew it was coming, or at least should have, and they really should have dumped ROH after the MSG show, but loyalty is a big thing in Japanese culture. ROH has done several things that you would think would warn away New Japan at this point, but they're not bailing. A lot of that is probably the CMLL connection too, but I'm not really sure how valuable that is at this point either.
When the next round of New Japan contracts come up and you have talent trying to work it in that they can work AEW as well, that is when things are going to get really interesting. You better believe that ZSJ, Juice Robinson and Will Ospreay are all considering heading there. They've got working relationships with Jericho and Moxley now, but what happens when they lean on that a little bit and say "Hey, if you want us to help out you, you need to help out us."
New Japan will be stubborn and try to get through their Dome shows without AEW help (beyond Jericho and Moxley), but I'd be very surprised if we don't see a Kenny Omega vs. Kota Ibushi match by the end of 2020.