Throughout his legendary career, The Great Muta had little to no involvement with WWE. However, the company opted to recognize Muta with an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year. It seems that the relationship between the two parties may continue, as Muta has teased the potential of a partnership between WWE and Pro Wrestling NOAH, the Japanese wrestling promotion that Muta spent the last few years of his career working with. With a new Japanese streaming deal signed earlier this week, WWE is now partnering with ABEMA, a free streaming platform owned primarily by CyberAgent. Pro Wrestling Noah is owned by CyberAgent, and is also shown on ABEMA.
Pro Wrestling Noah was founded in 2000 by Mitsuharu Misawa following his departure from All Japan Pro-Wrestling after the death of Giant Baba. Over the years, the promotion has been home to performers including Kenta Kobashi, Bryan Danielson, and Toshiaki Kawada. The company’s current world champion is Jake Lee, who has held the GHC Heavyweight Championship since March.
There’s no telling what the potential relationship between WWE and Pro Wrestling Noah could look like, with possibilities ranging from possible talent sharing to jointly promoted shows. In the relatively distant past, WWE had working relationships with promotions like NWA and ECW that saw the companies and their stars play a part in WWE storylines. However, that was over 20 years, and WWE’s more recent partnerships have been less involved. Most notably, the company has done some talent sharing with EVOLVE and includes content from promotions like EVOLVE and wXw in their distribution deal on Peacock.
Haus of Wrestling has partnered with Inside The Ropes to present An Afternoon With Kevin Nash And Sean Waltman on November 25 at Joe’s Live in Rosemont, IL, ten minutes from the All-State Arena. Tickets are now available at JoesLiveRosemont.com.