How Resurgence could revitalize NJPW

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One of the major wrestling promotions most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has been New Japan Pro Wrestling. They’ve had to scrap multiple matches due to their stars contracting the virus and recently had to substitute Hiroshi Tanahashi in a Tokyo Dome main event at a couple of days’ notice.

Other than the pandemic itself, another issue they’ve faced as of late has been the lukewarm reception to some of their booking decisions. Whether it’s EVIL turning heel and joining Bullet Club or retiring the lineage of their two most prestigious championships for seemingly no reason, fans have not been as happy with the promotion as they were during the 2010s.

The controversial EVIL challenging IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Shingo Takagi. (@njpwglobal on Twitter)
The controversial EVIL challenging IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Shingo Takagi.
(Credit: @njpwglobal on Twitter)

Enter AEW

All Elite Wrestling is without a doubt the hottest promotion in the world right now. With tons of hot storylines and some hot debuts imminent, AEW has a bunch of momentum and could help a cold promotion like NJPW by having their stars pass through the “forbidden door”.

AEW has been willing to lend stars over to their collaborators in the past, and there are already some AEW and Impact stars on the card, but there’s some unfinished business that can make the American NJPW product hotter than the one on Japanese soil.

Jon Moxley has unfinished business with the Good Brothers after they helped sabotage his title aspirations time and time again. He’ll be facing them along with a mystery partner of his choosing, who some have speculated is either AEW’s Eddie Kingston or his former Switchblade Conspriarcy tag team partner Impact’s Sami Callihan. Moxley has also called out New Japan talent for ducking him while he was the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion, specifically Hiroshi Tanahashi who will also be competing at the event.

Elsewhere on the card, David Finlay will be facing Jay White for the NEVER Openweight Championship in a match primarily built on Impact. White has recently recruited rising Impact star Chris Bey, who may get involved in the matchup. White has also called out the Elite (Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers) for flying the Bullet Club flag while being under the current iteration of the group’s standards.

The utilization of the forbidden door can make Resurgence the show of the year, and could possibly even be the ground zero of some inter-promotional warfare between AEW, Impact and NJPW.

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