With the major announcement of ‘Forbidden Door’, a joint pay-per view held by AEW & NJPW, many have questioned whether Bushiroad’s all womens promotion Stardom will be involved in the event, potentially facing off against the women of All Elite Wrestling.
Initially reports indicated that this wasn’t to be the case, and this was made more apparent when checking Stardom’s own event schedule, as they are set for their own PPV event on June 26th, the same day as ‘Forbidden Door’.
However, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently shared an update regarding a working relationship between Stardom and AEW, with NJPW’s sister promotion seemingly willing to work with AEW in the future.
“We do know that Stardom, which is owned by Bushiroad, the same company that owns New Japan, would be interested in being part of future shows and working with AEW. Stardom would also be interested in booking AEW talent for a 12/30 show at Sumo Hall, although neither side has talked as best we can tell and for sure not as of the weekend. The belief from the Bushiroad companies sides are that fans will be flying in like in the past for the Tokyo Dome and the hope is that they can get those fans to come early for the big Stardom show. In the past, the shows Stardom has done the day or two before the Tokyo Dome was packed with non-Japanese fans.”-WON
Before the Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to a halt, Stardom regularly featured a number of great external talents, with current AEW stars Toni Storm, Jamie Hayter, and Mercedes Martinez amongst others all having worked with the company.
We certainly hope that Stardom and AEW can come to a similar agreement that NJPW have in place, with the potential for exciting matches that fans of both promotions can see only increasing should they decide to exchange talent.