WWE and AJPW Is Big, But Not The First Pro Wrestling Partnership
In the past we have seen some partnerships and collaborations that have made an impact in industry. In 1999 we witnessed the partnership of AOL and Time Warner. In 2003 we saw one of the most highly anticipated battles come to life when finally Freddy faced Jason. In 2010, we were a part of one of the grandest partnerships in all of modern pop culture when Disney and Marvel joined forces, and elevated their film division. Now it is the turn of the world of professional wrestling, as WWE and All Japan Pro Wrestling have forged an alliance and will be working together.
Lords of Pain, reported that John Laurenitus assisted in striking this deal to bring the two wrestling powerhouses together.
This would not be the first time when we have seen Pro Wrestling companies work along side by side of each pother.
1995: WCW Collision in Korea
WCW Collision in Korea was the largest joint Pro Wrestling venture between two wrestling companies, between World Championship Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
WCW Starrcade 1995:
WCW vs New Japan Pro Wrestling. Every match was a WCW Wrestler facing off against a NJPW wrestler.
TNA and Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (Triple A)
2011: Triple Mania XVIII, TNA worked together with AAA on thier main PPV of the year, where the talent faced off in one of the most anticipated Triple A ppv’s of all time.
WWE has had partnerships in the past, but not to this depth and on this scale. In the past WWE has done talent trading with the organizations such as Mexico and Japan, but to have an active partnership with AJPW will be able to open doors to additional story lines, talent, television revenue, merchandising and international relations. This is a major slam dunk and if WWE takes advantage of their video library as well, then the possibilities are endless regarding how strong this can be.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports