Rocky Romero was a guest on the latest edition of The Sessions with Renee Paquette, and he readily discussed the “stressful situation” juggling The Good Brothers’ return to WWE with their NJPW commitments. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows returned to the promotion in October, but this led to the former, the NEVER Openweight Champion in NJPW, missing his title defense against Hikuleo on November 5 as he was competing in Saudi Arabia at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view.
This situation apparently led to a tensing in the relationship between the two companies, as there was some initial confusion over the NJPW dates that The Good Brothers were to work. However, things have been solved, with NJPW turning this miss into a “big angle,” meaning Anderson will again appear for NJPW when he defends the NEVER Openweight Championship against Tama Tonga at Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4.
“It’s been a very stressful situation for me [laughs]. Obviously, when the guys started talking about WWE had reached out to them, I of course started to get nervous because I knew that we had a bunch of dates set and everything and obviously, like you [Renee Paquette] said, Anderson was the NEVER Openweight Champion. I got worried and I said, ‘You know, you guys just don’t screw me over please.’ I was part of the reason that you guys came back and helped to, you know? Obviously, they left on good terms and everything, but just to bring them back was definitely a part of that.
So we started talking about that but then finally [Anderson] was like, ‘Okay, we’re gonna sign and somebody’s gonna have to talk to WWE.’ So of course that means me having to talk to WWE.
But I got on the line and obviously, there was some confusion on the dates that they were gonna actually do and there was that November 5 show that Anderson had already been announced for for New Japan but then it was also the same time that the Saudi Arabia show was going on.
Obviously there was gonna be conflict right there, so that’s kind of how it started. It started off real rocky and they went and did Saudi, we figured it out, got a new date, and then just decided to turn it into a big angle because I thought that was probably the best way to deal with it.
Hoping that everything was gonna work out but not really sure. Finally, [Anderson] went and did this last show a couple days ago and successfully defended the title. So now he’ll be at the Tokyo Dome to face Tama Tonga, which is really exciting. Dude, this Tokyo Dome is gonna be awesome. We have a WWE wrestler in Karl Anderson, we have Kenny Omega who’s an AEW wrestler, we’ve got Stardom wrestlers on the show, we’ve got New Japan wrestlers.”
Rocky Romero on AJ Styles At Tokyo Dome
Interestingly, when Paquette asked Romero if there’s a chance AJ Styles might appear at Wrestle Kingdom 17 alongside Anderson, he said:
“Anything is possible, Renee, anything is possible.”
Lastly, Romero was also not completely in denial when indirectly asked about the rumors of Mercedes Varnado, aka Sasha Banks, being booked to turn up at the mega event:
“I’ve heard a lot of rumors but I don’t really — I cannot confirm nor deny at this moment. But you know, fingers crossed that — you never know what could happen. Definitely will be some surprises at the Tokyo Dome.”