As previously noted, New Japan President Simon Inoki had a meeting with John Laurinaitis on 12/14 in Stamford, CT. WWE’s web site posted that Antonio Inoki meet with WWE officials, but apparently he joined the conversion by phone. The two promotions discussed doing talent exchanges, but it doesn’t appear New Japan has anyone WWE is interested in. New Japan expressed an interest in using lesser used talents such as Val Venis and wrestlers from Ohio Valley Wrestling and Deep South.
With Antonio Inoki interested in raising capital to buy New Japan from the Yukes, the meeting to secure WWE talent was likely to impress potential investors.
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