A deal is done on a working relationship between All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling, with KENTA’s appearance on last night’s AEW Dynamite effectively kicking things off, according to a report from Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer.

The report notes that KENTA’s appearance, as well as the tease of Kenny Omega & KENTA vs. Jon Moxley & Lance Archer in a Lights Out match as part of next week’s show are the beginning of things, but that what is planned after that is currently unknown, other than there are some people within AEW that can’t wait to return to Japan or want to go to Japan and work with NJPW.

The report states that there was interest in having both sides work together when All Elite Wrestling was launching, however New Japan Pro Wrestling were skeptical of how successful the new venture would be and wanted Tony Khan to come to Japan to meet with them, but when Khan sent Chris Harrington and The Young Bucks at the time to make the deal, New Japan Pro Wrestling’s management felt that they were almost slighted in regards to a meeting taking place.

The report adds that once Harold Meij left as the President of New Japan Pro Wrestling, the door was opened once again for talks to occur between both companies and that the impetus for the deal was New Japan Pro Wrestling’s desire to have Jon Moxley defend the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship that he won back in January 2020 and that because of pandemic-related travel restrictions, he was unable to do so, but that the company did not want to strip him of the title and that since KENTA lives in Orlando, Florida, that made things more possible and a deal would have to be struck with AEW’s Tony Khan first for the match to take place in the United States.

Moxley will defend his title on the February 26th episode of NJPW Strong at 10pm Eastern on NJPW World. The episode is being advertised as NJPW New Beginning 2021 in USA.