The WWE have announced the signing of Japanese superstar Kenta, with an official contract presentation hosted by Hulk Hogan.
The 33-year-old wrestler is widely regarded as one of the, if not the best, wrestlers on the planet. And he now exclusively belongs to the WWE.
Speculation regarding Kenta has been ongoing since WrestleMania, but we can all look forward to the superstar plying his trade in America, with his first stop being NXT.
He has achieved just about everything there is to achieve in his native Japan, with the biggest wrestling company in the world being the final stop, on his already glittering career.
The fact that they got Hulk Hogan (a cult hero in Japan) and Jimmy Hart, is a testament to how high they hold Kenta, it's very rare that the company will announce the signing of a wrestler like this.
Paul Levesque (Triple H), Executive Vice President, Talent, Creative and Live Events, WWE has this to say about his latest signing.
"Kenta is an incredible performer who brings the crowd to its feet when he steps into the ring. WWE’s signing of Kenta reflects our continued dedication to creating a diverse roster that appeals to our global fan base.”
Triple H will be hoping that his latest signing fairs better than his last one, with Sin Cara flopping, despite him being considered a national icon in Mexico.
The WWE know they have a potential money maker on there hands here, and even Hulk Hogan tweeted about the atmosphere in the building saying:
Some fans have seen it as disrespectful that a seasoned star, such as Kenta, needs to settle down in Orlando first for a stint on NXT. But there is good reason for this.
Not all of the WWE universe is going to know who there new superstar is, with the vast majority of the fan base being built up casual viewers, people who are unlikely to follow any independent wrestling in America - let alone in Japan.
However, Kenta himself isn't phased by this, he said: "I am humbled to join WWE’s NXT division and look forward to honing my craft with the global leader in sports-entertainment."
Whilst Kenta himself may not be familiar to fans, the majority of his moves will be, with many current superstars using different variations of his moves for their own.
Most notably, CM Punks finishing move - the GTS - is a carbon copy of Kenta's own finisher, it will be interesting to see whether they let him use this.
The WWE is lacking a massive Japanese star, they have done since Tajiri left the company and he was only a mid-carder himself, this time around they have legitimate money on their hands.
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