We recently learned that WWE is exploring some sort of working relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling, and an update has now been shared courtesy of today's Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Apparently, the possible deal was not WWE President & Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan's idea, but he has become WWE's point man in the talks. It's believed that (and we have a feeling you'll be surprised by this) WWE Chairman Vince McMahon actually brought up the idea, though it's one likely to have a bigger impact on NXT as opposed to RAW or SmackDown.
That could greatly benefit the Tuesday night show and gives NJPW the opportunity to showcase some of its talent in the United States in front of a hardcore wrestling audience.
As for how former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan factors into all this, it's said the Leader of the Yes Movement was originally a big part of early talks between WWE and NJPW, but that's died down a little as of late. As a result, reports that the whole thing hinges on Bryan may have been exaggerated.
NJPW officials aren't going to agree to any sort of partnership if it doesn't benefit them, and this would obviously bring an end to them working with the likes of AEW, IMPACT Wrestling, and AAA.
Remember, WWE has come close to purchasing companies like Pro Wrestling NOAH, Stardom, Big Japan, Dragon Gate, and AAA in the past, and that went nowhere, so don't bank on this happening...