Lance Archer discussed signing with AEW rather than NJPW during a recent edition of AEW Unrestricted.
Here are some of the highlights (h/t WrestlingInc.com):
Getting contract offers from AEW & NJPW at the same time:
“I did. New Japan, as far as Japanese wrestling is concerned, a lot of times, the old school way of doing business, especially with the foreigners, was just a tour by tour thing, and that’s how I’d actually been with the company for nearly nine years. I came in. I had a contract for the tour that I was on, and when that tour is over, it was done, and it wasn’t until the most recent years that they actually started signing a lot of the foreigners to full-time contracts. And I’ve never had one with the company because I’ve been there so long. That was the style of business they’d done with me. Literally, almost the exact same time that the All Elite offer came in, the New Japan offer came in. So I had two on the table right at the same time.”
Why he signed with AEW over NJPW:
“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. 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. I don’t even think, to a degree, I would have received the offer from New Japan if AEW didn’t exist. They didn’t even know that AEW offered me the deal. 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. So the opportunity to come back home, to tour the United States, this is prior to anybody knowing what was going to happen in 2020, the new challenges of coming back to the U.S. and being in AEW, a company that was growing and changing the world professional wrestling, all these things were just too enticing and something that I actually wanted to take on. I wanted to bet on myself and be a part of AEW.”