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NJPW’s Hiroshi Tanahashi Predicts There Will Be More Talent Exchanges Post-COVID

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Hot on the heels of his victory over AEW’s Lance Archer at NJPW Resurgence this past weekend, IWGP US Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi has an eye on the future, claiming that there will be more wrestling talent exchanges post-COVID.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated ahead of his match with Archer, The Ace said:

“I think, now more than ever, it’s important for all of pro wrestling to come together and get past all the troubles COVID has presented. I think the best way we can do that is to bring the fans the best possible matches, and those dream-match scenarios. I think being able to wrestle in all these organisations can only be a good thing.”

2021 alone has seen plenty of crossover between AEW, NJPW, IMPACT, NWA, PWG, AAA, and ROH, as seemingly all major non-WWE companies are working together to repair the wrestling industry in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Tanahashi continued:

“I predict that once COVID is [fully] behind us, you’re going to see even more movement and exchanges between Japan and America. The U.S. Heavyweight Title is the key to those doors being unlocked, and that’s what makes it extra important.”

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