is continuing to gain popularity as a promotion. Although the company has been in operation since 1972, it has only been the past few years that they have made such a strong American presence. For years, #NJPW
has partnered with American promotions such as the #NWA
, even featuring these promotions and the NWA and #ROH
World Championships on their annual #WrestleKingdom
However, due to the ongoing western popularity, New Japan had their first American independent event last year, G1 Special in USA, which crowned #KennyOmega
as the inaugural #IWGP
United States Champion after winning an eight-man tournament. Since then, the promotion announced two more U.S. events, #StrongStyleEvolved
which occurred on March 25, and G1 Special in San Francisco, scheduled for July 7.
With the influx of gaijin (non-Japanese, or "foreign") wrestlers now frequently competing in New Japan, such as Kenny Omega, #TheYoungBucks
, and more, other names have become interested in joining the promotion. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, former Intercontinental Champion #JohnMorrison
has inquired to New Japan to compete for the company.
Morrison, 38, left WWE in 2011. Since then, he has competed for a number of promotions, primarily Impact Wrestling, Lucha Underground, and #AAA
. According to theObserver, Morrison's relationship with AAA may cause a snag in being able to join New Japan. There had been some interest previously, but this same issue kept him from joining the New Japan roster. New Japan typically does not use anyone from the AAA roster, due to their working relationship with #CMLL
. However, New Japan executives have seemingly softened their restrictions on the AAA ban, since #ReyMysterio
is competing for both promotions. @johnhennigan