DDT President Sanshiro Takagi talks about the relationship between the Japanese promotion and AEW.
In an interview with Inside The Ropes Wrestling, Takagi spoke on the working partnership between the two companies and on bringing Kenny Omega back to the promotion. Omega, who once competed for DDT before signing with NJPW, wrestled on a DDT show with former AEW Women's Champion Riho back in November 2019.
Takagi mentioned the plans to bring back Omega and was asked who from DDT and Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling would he like to see in AEW. Takagi mentioned Yuka Sakazaki and Shoko Nakajima of TJPW to be back in AEW when travel allows.
"We were going to bring Kenny Omega back, so we want to make that happen when it becomes possible again. His harsh words against Endo and Takeshita got them motivated, so we want to see that through all the way until the end. I also want Yuka Sakazaki and Shoko Nakajima to return to AEW, and I would also like to see other Tokyo Joshi talent in AEW too, such as Miyu Yamashita, Maki Itoh, Yuki Kamifuku, Hikari Noa, Miu Watanabe, Mirai Maiumi, Suzume, etc. I feel that Mirai is very underrated despite the fact that she is still in her second year, and some might not have expected much from Kamifuku when she debuted because she was also a model, but you rarely come across someone that tall in Joshi. Itoh was dubbed as the fired idol and that was her distinguishing trait, but she has completely evolved into a fullfledged pro-wrestler. Hikari is exceptionally charismatic and says things like “I would like to run Takagi over with a van on a Rojo (street) pro-wrestling show too” (I welcome her and take on the challenge, by the way). Miu is also very unique in her own way," Takagi said.
As far as DDT is concerned, Takagi mentioned Konosuke Takeshita, Tetsuya Endo, Yuki Ueno, and Kazusada Higuchi as wrestlers he would like to see make the trip to AEW.
"From DDT, I would like to see Konosuke Takeshita, Tetsuya Endo, Yuki Ueno, and Kazusada Higuchi wrestle in AEW. Jun Akiyama might also be an interesting choice, considering the fact that he was originally supposed to guest-coach at WWE. As for Yuki Ueno, we were planning to have him make his U.S. debut in April on WrestleMania weekend, and though that got cancelled with COVID-19, he has been proving that we made the right decision by showing tremendous growth in the last few months. In general, we are very open to sending over any good talent, if there is the capacity and demand for them on AEW’s side," Takagi said.
DDT has been running events for months with the most recent one being the Ultimate Party event at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall on October 25.