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In 2019 the wrestling world in America turned upside down when All Elite Wrestling was founded, but this also turned wrestling upside down again in New Japan. The last time that New Japan was in 2016 when four stars would leave for WWE. With the Young Bucks, Cody, and Kenny Omega all leaving New Japan it left a major void in the roster. In the last twelve months Kota Ibushi has stepped into the role once occupied by his former tag team partner. Moxley would fill that void the best he can but his run in New Japan has been snake bite from the start for various reasons outside of the both parties control.
Stepping back and looking at the last twelve months I've praised in the past how New Japan handled the current situation plaguing the world. Due to this situation it has forced New Japan to lean more heavy on the home roster as opposed to looking to international superstars. Even without those names that walked away there is still a number of credibility within the ranks of New Japan and a tremendous amount of depth among roster filled with proven commodities.
In the past New Japan had kept the king on the throne for a little to long which ended up hurting them in the long run, because they never let fresh talent come through until it was too late and then they had to go through a re-build period. Tanahashi stepped back to allow Okada to take the reigns and after a dynasty of domination from Okada it is now Ibushi's time to take the reigns maybe not as the "Ace" of New Japan, but definitely as the leader of the promotion.
New Japan will recover and find normalcy just like every other promotion still find their way in this current societal climate. How will a possible working agreement with All Elite Wrestling help shape the future of New Japan in the still new years. The main question is which American stars would like to see end up ending heading to New Japan when the opportunity to travel intentionally returns for wrestlers?