10 Cross-Promotional Wrestling Events You Completely Forgot About

Thanks to All Elite Wrestling’s opening of the “closed door” between companies, the last few years of wrestling have been dominated by discussions of cooperation between promotions. Of course, longtime fans know that this isn’t actually all that new — just that WWE has been a dominant, often closeted promotion for so long that corporate collaborations seem surprising and daring.

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AEW has now officially announced this Forbidden Doora jointly promoted show with New Japanese pro wrestlingseems like a good time to take a look at some forgotten cross-promotional events of the past involving some very well-known companies.

10 NJPW, AJPW & NOAH: All Together (27.8.2011)

Competition and ratings wars are a hot topic in western wrestling fandom, but it seems it’s not uncommon in Japan for competing companies to host shows together. In 2011, New Japan, All Japan and Pro Wrestling collaborated for a show called NOAH All together, with multi-man tag matches and lots of collaboration between the stars of the various promotions. The Main Event featured the toughest players of the promotion as NJPW’s Hiroshi Tanahashi took on NOAH’s Go Shiozaki and AJPW’s Suwama against NJPW’s Shinsuke Nakamura, AJPW’s KENSO (aka former WWE Star Kenzo Suzuki) and NOAH’s Takashi Sugiura.

9 Impact & WRESTLE-1: Bound For Glory (10/12/2014)

One of Impact Wrestling’s strangest decisions in the 2010s was holding its flagship PPV, Bound for Glory, at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall in collaboration with Japanese indie WRESTLE-1. The resulting show was a mixed bag with some solid matches like Samoa Joe defending the X Division belt against Low Ki and KazHayashi, but was missing many of the promotion’s bigger stars and even a world title match. Instead, the show’s main event was when TAJIRI and The Great Muta teamed up against James Storm from the era of the cult leader and Muta’s former protégé, future NJPW star Sanada.


8th AAA & WCW: When Worlds Collide (11/6/1994)

because When worlds collide isn’t legally available in a convenient venue like the WWE Network, it’s likely that many fans are unaware of this landmark pay-per-view. Before ECW presented future legends like Rey Mysterio Jr., Psicosis and Juventud Guerrera, AAA and WCW teamed up to produce an entire PPV dedicated to this style.

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With Mike Tenay heralding the action in his wrestling broadcast debut, the acclaimed When worlds collide includes future WCW mainstays such as Mysterio, Psicosis, Konnan, and La Parka. The standout match here is a Mask vs. Hair 2/3 falls apuestas Match pitting Art Barr and Eddie Guerrero against Lucha Libre icons Octagon and El Hijo Del Santo.

7 WWE & WAR: WAR/WWF (9/15/1992)

Formed by former AJPW star Genichiro Tenryu, WAR – initially standing for Wrestle & Romance, then Wrestle Association-R – existed from 1992 to 1999 and had a working relationship with WWE from its earliest days. One of WAR’s earliest shows was co-promoted with WWE, with a lineup that included Ultimo Dragon, The Undertaker and lucha libre Negro Casas. The main event of this show had Ric Flair defending the WWE Championship against Tenryu in a 2/3 falls match that would end in a tie.

6 ROH & NJPW: War of the Worlds (17.5.2014)

New Japan and Ring of Honor spent the 2010s in quite a high-profile working relationship that resulted in talent sharing as well as many co-promoted shows, including the 2019s G1 super card at Madison Square Garden. But in 2014, the two companies had their first major shows together, the second of which was war of the Worlds at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, a major venue for wrestling fans. A look back at the map features some impressive matchups between NJPW and ROH, including Shinsuke Nakamura versus Kevin Steen (now Kevin Owens), Adam Cole defending the ROH World Championship against Jushin Thunder Liger, and Jay Lethal taking on KUSHIDA .

5 AWA, NWA & WCCW: SuperClash (9/28/1985)

Held just a few months after the very first time WrestleMania the first SuperClash was a group effort that brought together the American Wrestling Association, the National Wrestling Alliance, and World Class Championship Wrestling in light of WWE’s continued expansion. With big fights like Ric Flair defending the NWA World Title against Magnum TA and Stan Hansen challenging Rick Martel for the AWA World Title, the show also featured big names like Sgt. Slaughter, The Road Warriors and Mil Mascaras.

4 NJPW & WCW: Starrcade 1991 at Tokyo Dome (03/21/1991)

New Japan Pro Wrestling and WCW had a working relationship during the 1990s and hosted their first jointly promoted supershow with the name in 1991 Starcade. With fights like Great Muta vs. Sting and The Steiner Brothers taking on Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki for the IWGP Tag Team Title, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Tatsumi Fujinami defeated the NWA World Heavyweight Champion in the main event , Ric Flair, in a winner-take-all title game.

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This would be the first of three major NJPW/WCW supershows at the Tokyo Dome, the latter two of which would take place on January 4th, which would mark the biggest show of the year in New Japan. Kingdom wrestle.

3 ECW & FMW: End of Year Sensation (12/12/1998-12/13/1998)

Given that Extreme Championship Wrestling’s deathmatch-influenced approach to pro wrestling was heavily influenced by Atsushi Onita’s frontier martial-arts wrestling, it only makes sense that the two would host a few shows together. FMW’s last two shows Sensation at the end of the year Tour were held in conjunction with ECW and featured Rob Van Dam and Sabu versus Tommy Dreamer and FMW ace Hayabusa, as well as Shane Douglas defending the ECW World Title against future NJPW Bucher Gedo.

2 Impact & Lucha Underground (06.04.2018)

A cult favorite in the mid to late 2010s, Lucha Underground teamed up with Impact Wrestling for a co-promoted show taking place in New Orleans that same week WrestleMania 34 and broadcast for free on Impact’s Twitch channel. Between seasons 3 and 4 of Lucha undergroundThe event featured notable matches such as LAX defending the Impact Tag titles against Killshot and The Mack, as well as a three-way main event that saw Pentagon Dark take on Austin Aries and Fenix.

1 WWE, AJPW & NJPW: The Wrestling Summit (4/13/1990)

held in the Tokyo Dome, The Wrestling Summit marked three Promotions working together to launch a 12 match card featuring each company’s top stars. While some bouts like the WWE Championship Match and IWGP Tag Team Title Defense mostly kept the competitors within a promotion, there were a few interpromotional matches on the show. Highlights included Randy Savage versus AJPW’s Genichiro Tenryu, Bret Hart versus Tiger Mask II – aka future AJPW ace Mitsuharu Misawa – and Hulk Hogan versus Stan Hansen in a standout main event.

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