Yes, that match totally happened.
At some point in time, New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Jr. Heavyweight legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger once locked up with WWE’s Jeff Hardy (when he was still a part of Impact Wrestling) back in 2016. Plus we once witnessed Liger lock horns with Tyler Breeze in a special NJPW vs. NXT matchup back at the first-ever NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn event.
Those two matches paint an intriguing picture of a world where WWE engages in a more fruitful relationship with NJPW. Based on a recent report that’s begun to make the rounds, that dream scenario may just become a reality. Talks are said to have gone down between both wrestling entities in hopes of a talent exchange program that could benefit them in the long run. Since Daniel Bryan is a free agent these days, it makes all the sense in the world for WWE to do everything in their power to keep him by allowing him to work NJPW dates while still signed to them. It would be quite a mind-blowing sight to see Bryan walk into the Tokyo Dome to compete at NJPW’s annual WrestleKingdom mega card.
Thanks to that hot rumor, I decided to get into my fantasy matchup bag to come up with 10 incredible WWE vs. NJPW dream matches that I’d love to see. An entire PPV that features these 10 matches would most definitely be ranked among the greatest wrestling shows of all time. And yes, it would probably usurp WrestleMania X-Seven for the #1 spot.