WWE Working With Top Indie Promotion?

WWE may have just opened a Forbidden Door - but perhaps not the one you were thinking...

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Dave Meltzer has taken Joey Janela promoting this week's episode of WWE Raw on social media as evidence that leading independent group Game Changer Wrestler has "something going on" with the market leaders.

This comes from the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The report references Janela tweeting about Monday's Raw, which he did twice, first using WWE-specific verbiage:-

Joey then tagged the official GCW account, asking roster mates to hype Raw as well:-

There's a strong, strong chance that there is no more to this than a wrestler simply stirring the pot on social media. Nonetheless, it wouldn't be the first time that WWE and GCW have crossed streams in 2022, with Game Changer's promoter, Brett Lauderdale, pictured with Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 38. Lauderdale and other figures synonymous with WWE watched 'Mania from a luxury box in the arena.

GCW has risen to prominence as the USA's market-leading independent group over the past few years, with its rowdy live crowds and deathmatch-heavy lineups core to the company's identity. Janela, who left AEW upon his contract's expiration this earlier year, has been a fixture through the company's rise and currently holds its Extreme Championship.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for eight years and is currently WhatCulture's Wrestling Channel Manager. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.