New Japan's Kenta Invades AEW Dynamite, Attacks Jon Moxley at Beach Break

The "forbidden door" between All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling appears to have opened. For the first time in company history, an active member of the New Japan roster crashed an episode of AEW Dynamite, as Kenta hit the ring following the six-man tag match main event of Beach Break and attacked Jon Moxley. The Bullet Club member has been the No. 1 contender for Moxley's IWGP United States Championship for months, but due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and AEW's rules about it's talent appearing on other wrestling promotions televised in the United States, Moxley couldn't answer the challenge.

That finally changed on last week's edition of NJPW Strong (reportedly taped weeks before), when Moxley arrived and knocked out Kenta with his Paradigm Shift (aka Death Rider) finisher. He then announced that their long-awaited match would be at The New Beginning USA on Feb. 26.

Kenta initially hit the ring wearing a mask and hoodie, but quickly revealed he was wearing his version of the Bullet Club shirt. He nailed Moxley with a Go 2 Sleep and left the ring as Kenny Omega made his way back to his feet. The commentary team openly asked if the break between the Bullet Club and its former members had been healed, and Don Callis merely laughed.

For those who haven't been following alone, members of the current New Japan faction and its former members (Omega, The Good Brothers and The Young Bucks) have been trading shots in videos and on social media. The latest examples came this week during Being The Elite and at New Japan's Road to The New Beginning with Nick Jackson and Jay White.


"Not the 2021 version of Bullet Club, because we know it sucks," Jackson said. "This is not a storyline. We're not working with them. It's not going to happen."

"It's still my era! It is the Real Era," White said. "I'm still Bullet Club. I'm real Bullet Club. This is real Bullet Club right here! We're not a cheap rip-off trying to recreate the past, to regain some relevance and doing corny reunions just so you can sell sh**ty t-shirts to you all, but of course, you all still buy them because you are you. This is real Bullet Club. Let me tell you what real Bullet Club is about. It's about change. It's about moving forward. It's about progression. It's not about living in the past. It's not about going backwards."

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