During a recent interview with Lucha Libre Online, The Young Bucks commented on AEW’s relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) during the early days of the company.
According to the Bucks, New Japan ‘big leagued’ All Elite Wrestling about working together at first. Of course, that’s when Harold Meij was the President of the company. Takami Ohbari, who appeared on AEW Dynamite several weeks ago, is now in charge of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
Nick Jackson: “You know what’s crazy is we told New Japan day one, ‘Hey, we’re doing this thing, come hang out with us. Come work with us. We’d still love to do your shows.’ They kind of kayfabed us, kind of big-leagued us a little bit in the beginning. They were waiting until that entire dinner table was completely set, then ‘Oh wait, now let’s go.’ So it’s just funny when you see — and all the WWF guys that joined AEW now too, they didn’t want to join AEW at first because they were like, ‘I don’t know if this is real. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. We remember who took the leap with us in the very beginning, day one. It was us who set the dinner table, so it’s funny now that New Japan, all these WWE guys, they all want to be a part of this thing that we created.”
Matt Jackson: “You know who trusted us was AAA. Since day one.“
(h/t – Fightful)