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NJPW and CMLL issue statement reaffirming working relationship

Though Forbidden Doors may be opening elsewhere, NJPW and CMLL have issued a joint statement reaffirming their working relationship.

In the joint statement, NJPW and CMLL assured fans that their relationship is "unwavering." The statement noted that CMLL will continue to be the exclusive business partner of NJPW in Mexico.

"New Japan Pro-Wrestling is proud to issue this joint declaration with CMLL to reaffirm our mutual commitment," the statement said. "There is plenty more to come from NJPW’s partnership with CMLL in the future, and we appreciate your support."

The partnership between NJPW and CMLL includes their annual Fantasticamania tour that takes place in Japan in January, but that couldn't happen this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full joint statement from the promotions is available below:

Since November 2009, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and CMLL have enjoyed a unique and prosperous working relationship. This relationship has seen CMLL stars travel to Japan every January for the annual Fantasticamania tour as well as competing in New Japan rings on a frequent basis, and NJPW prospects developing in excursions to CMLL in Mexico. NJPW remains deeply proud of the strong bond it has with CMLL. 

Unfortunately, the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic prevented Fantasticamania from taking place in January 2021. However, New Japan Pro-Wrestling would like to reassure fans that its relationship with CMLL is unwavering, and that CMLL will continue to be the exclusive business partner for NJPW in Mexico.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling is proud to issue this joint declaration with CMLL to reaffirm our mutual commitment. There is plenty more to come from NJPW’s partnership with CMLL in the future, and we appreciate your support.

Statement from Salvador Lutteroth Lomeli (President, Consejo Mondial de Lucha Libre):

New Japan Pro-Wrestling is the leader of the Japanese pro-wrestling industry, and we have developed a strong relationship of mutual trust for 12 years now. It is an honor for us to continue working with NJPW moving forward. Gracias! 

NJPW wrestlers have recently appeared in AEW and Impact Wrestling. KENTA appeared in AEW earlier this month to further his feud with Jon Moxley, while Juice Robinson & David Finlay made their Impact debut. Moxley defending his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against KENTA will air on NJPW Strong this Friday.