WWE is said to be interested in the current NJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion!
As the WWE continues its growth across the globe and searching all corners of the planet for talent, there’s been no shortage of fresh faces coming into the company’s Performance Center in recent months with the arrivals of the likes of Matt Riddle, Punishment Martinez and a host of others.
With the company seemingly increasing its push to sign new talent and with a new Performance Center class expected in January (including possibly ACH and Trevor Lee), it doesn’t appear as if anybody is off limits. Recently, we heard that WWE had reached out to New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Tetsuya Naito (find more on that here), which was of course declined by the former IWGP Intercontinental Champion. However, a current New Japan titleholder now looks to be on their radar.
While it was previously reported that WWE reached out to more stars of New Japan other than Naito (check that out here), the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA is currently being looked at closely by the company. It’s being said that the 35-year old, former Ring Of Honor World Television Champion’s contract is believed to expire at the end of January and while any contact between WWE and KUSHIDA would be tampering, The Observer is also reporting that the company has become much less worried about legal ramifications when it comes to signing talent outside of ROH or MLW. Reportedly, WWE is not concerned about facing any legal course from NJPW due to the process being much more difficult since they are not located in the United States.
WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From Venice, Florida (12/8/18)
Results from the other NXT Live Event last night in Florida!
Last night while a portion of the WWE NXT roster featuring the brand’s champions and top Superstars were in action for a Live Event in St. Paul, Minnesota (find the results here), another portion containing more of the newer talent and Performance Center recruits continued their own weekend tour.
Following Friday night’s action in Fort Pierce (check those results out here), things moved along to Venice with a lineup that featured War Raiders back in tag team action, Keith Lee partnering with The Street Profits to take on The Forgotten Sons, in addition to Nikki Cross versus Deonna Purrazzo and more. Below are the results:
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch defeated Mansoor Al-Shehail & Rick Boog
- Xia Li defeated Vanessa Borne
- Babatunde defeated Fabian Aichner
- Aliyah & Reina Gonzalez defeated Jessie Elaban & MJ Jenkins
- Shane Thorne defeated Riddick Moss
- War Raiders defeated Brennan Williams & Punishment Martinez
- Nikki Cross defeated Deonna Purrazzo
- Keith Lee & The Street Profits defeated The Forgotten Sons
Results c/o Fightful
— Naturally Phenomenal (@NaturallyP1) December 9, 2018
#NXTVenice it was an awesome match between @NikkiCrossWWE and @DeonnaPurrazzo with as beloved Nikki is, it was awesome seeing Deonna getting a fairshare of support from the crowd as well, she is awesome pic.twitter.com/lpHPVxKOEO
— Kyle Feeley (@ScorpioKyle) December 9, 2018
Thank you #NXTVenice
Lee Profits. pic.twitter.com/uIQqH2PaqI
— King Tez (@MontezFordWWE) December 9, 2018
WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From St. Paul, Minnesota (12/8/18)
Results from NXT’s Live Event in St. Paul, Minnesota!
As we’ve noted, the WWE NXT roster has been divided up this weekend with some of the fresher faces staying home in Florida while the majority of the top Superstars have been north in Wisonsin and Minnesota.
After Friday night’s show in Green Bay (check out the results here), last night’s card a TakeOver: War Games II rematch as The Velveteen Dream challenged Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship. Plus, Kairi Sane looked to recapture the NXT Women’s Title from Shayna Baszler, The Undisputed Era in a 6-Man Tag and much more. Below are the results:
- Matt Riddle defeated Kassius Ohno
- Jessamyn Duke defeated Candice LeRae
- Bobby Fish defeated Humberto Carrillo
- Dominik Dijakovic defeated Kona Reeves
- Aleister Black defeated Johnny Gargano
- Ricochet & Heavy Machinery defeated The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong)
- NXT Women’s Title: Kairi Sane defeated Shayna Baszler by DQ
- NXT Title: Tommaso Ciampa retained over The Velveteen Dream
Results c/o WrestleZone