World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), one of the world’s top brands in professional wrestling and entertainment, is reportedly looking to add to its roster three top professional wrestlers from Japan. While the history of Japanese stars in the WWE has been so-so over the last few years, the global professional wrestling group is looking to add really big names that could bring instant star power to the WWE. According to sources on Thursday, two of them might have already signed up with the company, with one more on their radar.
The biggest name on the list is Japanese wrestler Kenta. For much of this year, the rumors seem to be continuous about the WWE being interested in Kenta – himself already a wrestling legend in Japan and already somewhat known to American wrestling fans via appearances in Ring of Honor Wrestling. Kenta is reportedly even the originator of “the GTS”, CM Punk’s finishing move in the WWE. Kenta is really not an unknown, as the WWE gave him a tryout back in January. In April, Kenta announced that he was leaving Pro Wrestling NOAH – where he is contracted right now and his employers for 14 years. It seems that Kenta would just be finishing his commitments to NOAH before the WWE makes the announcement.
The second big name, one that might have already signed with the WWE, is Prince Devitt. Technically, he is not Japanese, but he has been plying his skills and trade in the country for almost his entire career. Professoinal wrestling insiders were confident enough to report last week that Prince Devitt had indeed signed the WWE, and is just probably waiting for his visa to be processed. The last name on the list is Kota Ibushi, a Japanese wrestling superstar who is at the moment contracted to two different companies in Japan, both DDT Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling. In the past, he has turned down offers from the WWE, but rumors around the industry is that the professional wrestler is getting tired of having commitments with two companies. There has been no word of a WWE contract offer yet, but there are signs that they are considering to sign him.
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