New Japan And CMLL Release Statement Reaffirming Their Partnership

All the talk of 2021 so far has been the building relationship between AEW, Impact Wrestling, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. The trio of companies have started to see crossovers with Juice Robinson and Dave Finlay arriving in Impact Wrestling and The Good Brothers having appeared in AEW along with KENTA. One partnership forgotten in this is NJPW’s relationship with Mexican promotion CMLL.

Their partnership has gone on for over a decade, and despite the pandemic preventing them from having their annual Fantasticamania shows in Japan both last year and this year, the two promotions released a joint statement saying their partnership is as strong as ever.

Since November 2009, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and CMLL have enjoyed a unique and prosperous working relationship. This relationship has seen CMLL stars travel to Japan every January for the annual Fantasticamania tour as well as competing in New Japan rings on a frequent basis, and NJPW prospects developing in excursions to CMLL in Mexico. NJPW remains deeply proud of the strong bond it has with CMLL.

Unfortunately, the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic prevented Fantasticamania from taking place in January 2021. However, New Japan Pro-Wrestling would like to reassure fans that its relationship with CMLL is unwavering, and that CMLL will continue to be the exclusive business partner for NJPW in Mexico.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling is proud to issue this joint declaration with CMLL to reaffirm our mutual commitment. There is plenty more to come from NJPW’s partnership with CMLL in the future, and we appreciate your support.

Statement from Salvador Lutteroth Lomeli (President, Consejo Mondial de Lucha Libre)

New Japan Pro-Wrestling is the leader of the Japanese pro-wrestling industry, and we have developed a strong relationship of mutual trust for 12 years now. It is an honour for us to continue working with NJPW moving forward. Gracias!

It is interesting that while New Japan has a partnership with CMLL, AEW has a relationship with their direct rival in Mexico, AAA. It could certainly have interesting things develop as COVID-19 restrictions relax and travel begins again.

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