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Lance Archer on why he chose AEW over New Japan Pro Wrestling

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AEW star and new IWGP United States Champion Lance Archer recently appeared on the AEW Unrestricted podcast.

The former New Japan signed performer discussed a number of topics during the interview, including why he chose All Elite over NJPW when it came to signing a new contract.

‘There were a lot of pros and cons, and it took a bit for me to weigh all the goods and bads as far as making that decision” Lance Archer revealed on the show regarding his decision to sign with All Elite.

“A place I’d been in for nearly nine years, a lot of friends and people that had kind of become family over in Japan, and then the opportunity that All Elite Wrestling was providing, All Elite Wrestling was changing the professional wrestling world” Archer continued.

Lance Archer on signing with AEW

‘I don’t even think, to a degree, I would have received the offer from New Japan if AEW didn’t exist” the powerhouse performer would add.

“All Elite Wrestling was changing the professional wrestling world”


“New Japan didn’t even know that AEW offered me the deal” Lance Archer revealed. “I’m just saying that AEW was changing the wrestling world completely from how everybody was doing business, and so that’s kind of where that came out with me.”

Archer will be defending his IWGP United States Championship this week on AEW Dynamite. Here’s the currently confirmed card for the show this week:

AEW Dynamite ’“ Fight For The Fallen

This week’s episode of AEW Dynamite will be the Fight for The Fallen themed show. Several matches and segments have already been confirmed for the show, and are as follows:

  • No DQ Match for the Trials of Jericho ’“ ‘The Painmaker’ Chris Jericho vs. Nick Gage
  • IWGP United States Championship Match ’“ Lance Archer (c) vs. Hikuleo
  • Tony Khan makes ‘a major new live event announcement.’
  • 10 Man Elimination Match ’“ Hangman Page, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, John Silver, and Alex Reynolds vs. Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson Nick Jackson, Karl Anderson, and Doc Gallows
  • Santana and Ortiz vs. ‘FTR’ Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood.
  • Christian Cage, Jungle Boy, and Luchasaurus vs. Angelico, Marq Quen, and Isiah Kassidy.
  • QT Marshall’s apology to Tony Schiavone

AEW Dynamite is available every Wednesday on TNT Network in the United States and FITE TV for fans in Europe and beyond.

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