Now that Anthem has purchased a majority stake in AXS TV, there is speculation that Impact will pressure New Japan Pro Wrestling to partner with them instead of Ring of Honor. NJPW and ROH have had a close partnership spanning over 5 years.
Earlier this year, NJPW was approached by AEW with an offer to work together, but they rejected the offer because they didn’t want want to negativity effect their relationship with ROH. As a result, Jon Moxley was pulled from NJPW and blocked from participating in any of their future events in the US. This was viewed as a poor decision by many as AEW is going to be featured on cable television in the US and ROH is going through what is described as “wandering aimlessly.”
On AEW blocking Mox working NJPW in the US, AEW wanted to partner with New Japan and tried to make that happen. New Japan rejected them to stick with ROH in its wandering aimlessly through the wilderness stage instead. If AEW doesn’t treat NJPW as a partner now, that’s on NJPW.
— Todd Martin (@ToddMartinMMA) June 18, 2019
The concern with Anthem pressuring NJPW to work with Impact is that it’ll sour all three companies’ relationships with each other.