February 3, 2021. All Elite Wrestling presented its Beach Break edition of Dynamite from the Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. Once the six-man tag team main event came to its decisive conclusion, a mysterious figure in a hoodie hit the ring and caught Jon Moxley from behind. Once that mysterious individual unmasked, everyone’s jaws hit the floor...CAUSE IT WAS NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’S KENTA! All that talk about the “Forbidden Door” finally getting cracked open when it comes to exchanging talent between AEW and NJPW finally came to pass.
Fast forward to July 17, 2021. Impact Wrestling Slammiversary emanated from Skyway Studios in Nashville, Tennessee (WITH RETURNING FANS IN ATTENDANCE!). Not only did a slew of non-contracted talent from other wrestling companies make an appearance, the end of the show saw NJPW NEVER Openweight Champion Jay White shock the world by waltzing out to seemingly confront Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers. That single moment pretty much busted the Forbidden Door down and pointed to an exciting future full of company partnerships that will be sure to satisfy fans everywhere. The past few months in wrestling have seen companies like AEW, NJPW, Impact, NWA, and AAA work together to provide fresh matchups for the “Belt Collector” in Omega and allow their talent to hop over to participating promotions. Now that the “Pandemic Era” of wrestling has finally come to an end, the crossover potential between those top feds is stronger than ever before.