We might well be on the cusp of a wrestling war between WWE and AEW, but NJPW just reminded us that it is still a major player.
WWE has had the luxury of not really having any major wrestling company to compete with since the demise of WCW. There have been promotions that have threatened to step up, but have never been able to make that final leap. The likes of Impact Wrestling, Ring Of Honor, and even Major League Wrestling.
The grey area comes when fans try to decide what exactly constitutes competition to WWE. In the past, it will have only been other North American promotions. However, by its own admission, WWE is very much a worldwide company now. In that case, are companies such as New Japan now considered direct competition too? The Japanese company has been a major player for decades, but not necessarily in the US.
That has changed in recent years, though. NJPW has been running more and more stateside shows, one of which took place in Madison Square Garden the night before WrestleMania. However, since then, fans' attention has shifted from NJPW to AEW. The new company is now the one that is considered the greatest threat to WWE's throne.
📺We know there's a real shortage of professional wrestling on Monday nights, so every week we make a new match from our archives free to watch!— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) June 10, 2019
This week, a war between Tomoaki Honma and Katsuyori Shibata from 2016https://t.co/6v4oRzOcUC#njpw pic.twitter.com/wHMtDLLnpm
On Monday, NJPW reminded us that it too is still a major player. It did so by taking the above shot at WWE. NJPW Global tweeted a link to a free match from its past. It does this every week and decided to explain why it chooses to do so on Mondays. "We know there's a real shortage of professional wrestling on Monday nights," the tweet reads. Ouch.
When it comes to this shot and the overt jabs taken at WWE by AEW, we continue to say the same thing. If you're number one, you don't need to acknowledge number two, or number three depending on who you believe occupies those respective spots. That's why we weren't fans of Triple H referring to AEW at the Hall Of Fame, or Sami Zayn's mention of the company on Raw. WWE needs to focus on improving its own product rather than taking shots at others.