In a continuation of their cross-promotional strategy (#ForbiddenDoor, if you’re into that), AEW have announced that two NJPW stars will appear on the upcoming 24/05 edition of AEW Dark: Elevation.
The show will be headlined by NJPW’s Rocky Romero against JD Drake. Romero previously appeared in the crowd on the 12/05 episode of AEW Dynamite, teasing future involvement with the Jacksonville company. The 23-year veteran is a multi-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, most notably as one half of Roppongi Vice with AEW’s Trent.
Interestingly, in August 2020, the New Japan star hinted at a potential working relationship between AEW & NJPW:
I feel like one day there will be some kind of relationship there. I don’t know when that will happen and obviously there’s some feelings on both sides... But never say never and especially coming out of this and where AEW is gonna be and where New Japan is gonna be. They are two very strong companies with a lot of amazing talent that I think one day people wanna see how those two will interact. So, we’ll just have to wait and see. I feel like that’s the big question on everybody’s mind – if it will happen and when will it happen? We’ll see; I don’t know.Wrestling Inc. Daily Podcast
Ren Narita, also an NJPW Strong regular, is likewise confirmed for the card. He faces Royce Isaacs in a match originally advertised for last week’s AEW Dark. Narita also appeared on the 12/05 edition of AEW Dynamite, accompanying Yuji Nagata to the ring for his NJPW United States Championship Match with Jon Moxley.
Thunder Rosa (Ranked #2), Scorpio Sky and The Factory’s QT Marshall have also been confirmed for in-ring action on the forthcoming episode.