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WWE Reportedly Reached Out To More NJPW Stars Besides Tetsuya Naito

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In case you missed it, New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Tetsuya Naito recently revealed in an interview that WWE had reached out to him about making a move this Summer, however he rather quickly turned down the offer (see the story here).

According to Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the former IWGP Intercontinental Champion is not the only star from New Japan Pro Wrestling that WWE was interested in, as they reportedly contacted at least two other talents and possibly more. It was noted that while Naito quickly declined, the other two stars put more thought into their decision before turning the offers down.

Meltzer would also hint that one name would be a “huge surprise”, while the other is a “great worker” who would have less hesitation at making a move to the United States. At this time, no names specifically have been mentioned. However, among those speculated are Hiroshi Tanahashi, ‘Switchblade’ Jay White, Juice Robinson, Kazuchika Okada and Los Ingobernables de Japon’s EVIL.

EA’s Take: Something tells me that if Meltzer knows who the other names are, he would have dropped them instead of just teasing them. So it’s possible he could be just speculating. Speaking solely for myself, does WWE really even need anymore talent right now? A bit of a rhetorical question because I realize they’re trying to become this global power of sorts with their own little “territories” in different parts of the world. So as big as they are, they keep growing. But, just look at all the rosters. They’re loaded and I think a lot of fans would agree that they have more bodies than they do spots with the way some people are booked.

 

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Former AWA/WWE Star To Run Wrestling Academy

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Former AWA/WWE tag team star Pat Tanaka will be running a wrestling academy with North Dakota based wrestling promotion Fully Loaded Wrestling. Tanaka recently ran a four day camp in Fargo, North Dakota that lead to the announcement of the Fully Loaded Wrestling Academy.

For those who are unfamiliar with FLW, the company has had current WWE stars Ruby Riot and Ariya Daivari wrestle in the company, along with former stars such as Tommy Dreamer, X-Pac, Gangrel, and Ken Anderson. Also, one of the woman I wrote about a few weeks ago as one of the up and coming women to watch out for in 2019, Kara Noia, got her start there. Those who are interested in learning from a former world tag team champion can visit the Fully Loaded Wrestling Academy on Facebook by clicking here. A video of Tanaka and FLW owner Donny Dahl discussing the training camp held last week can be seen below.

Jason’s Take
This is an academy that will be very beneficial to wrestlers in the mid-west. Minnesota has always been a hot bed for wrestling, and now a school in North Dakota, along with the FLW promotion, will only benefit from another outlet to work on their craft. I might be a bit bias being from the area, however FLW has been putting out a quality product with the right mix of homegrown talent mixed in with some of the top indie talent in the midwest including Arik Cannon and Darin Corbin. Hopefully, this academy will add an infusion of young talent into the indie scene.

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Wrestlemania 35 Main Event Plans

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We are at that point and time of the year where rumors of Wrestlemania matches begin to swirl. According to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that Vince McMahon is heading in the direction of Ronda Rousey vs Becky Lynch as the main event.

The original match plans were for Charlotte to take on Rousey, however, with the injury to Becky Lynch on this weeks RAW, plans have changed.

Jason’s Take
One of the last “first ever” women’s matches/events that WWE has yet to book is a female main event at Wrestlemania. There should be no worry about the Rousey/Lynch feud losing momentum, and in a way, the injury to Lynch on RAW benefits Lynch, Charlotte, and Rousey. Lynch is the most over superstar on both rosters, and the injury only has added fuel to her push. WWE made sure to push her injury on Smackdown this week, and have talked about it all week on WWE.com. It could also be beneficial to Nia Jax, as this can lead to a potential angle with Lynch. If their Twitter exchange this week was any indication, it appears they are headed that way. This does make me ask the question however if WWE has dropped the ball with the women’s revolution by not pushing Becky Lynch sooner, as Lynch has clearly been one of the most talented women on the roster.

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