This past week, the WWE added to their roster by signing Japanese sensation KENTA.
The WWE recently visited Japan on their tour, and held a special contract signing ceremony in Osaka where Jimmy Hart and Hulk Hogan stayed in the ring and officially overlooked the contract signing.
It wasn’t the best kept secret that KENTA will be signing, the rumour was circulating the web for months on end alongside the rumours that fellow independent stars Prince Devitt and Kevin Steen will also sign contracts with the WWE.
But now all the rumours and speculation can be put to bed as KENTA is now officially a WWE superstar.
But as expected with all new talent, the fans have their doubts about superstars and often stick the knife in without even watching the superstar in action; the fans don’t need to worry about KENTA, they need to worry about how the WWE will book him.
First off, he comes across as a humble person who is pleased to have this opportunity, even though he’s 33-years-old he is probably the best wrestler on the planet right now.
He’s already mentioned that he is currently in the process of moving to Orlando, Florida and is excited to be working in NXT even though fans believe he belongs on the main roster. That is definitely true, but the main reason someone like Sin Cara was a bust, was because he didn’t adapt or tweak his style in NXT which would probably would have kept him in the business a lot longer.
KENTA is ridiculously good inside the ring, he will improve his own techniques and others around him.
The WWE have announced him as KENTA; so there’s a chance he could keep the name and that would be the favourable – yet unlikely – option. The WWE likes giving new stars new names but KENTA has said he is open to changing his name, if the officials believe it will be necessary, I personally believe the name shouldn’t change.
He is working on improving his English, something Sin Cara didn’t do and look where that got him; whereas somebody like Alberto Del Rio did and he became a WWE Champion, so something simple like that can have a big impact on a career. Even if he doesn’t perfect the language, giving him a mouthpiece to do all of the talking won’t take anything away from him.
He will begin his tenure in NXT this coming August, and has no problem working his way up from the bottom in order to make a name for himself in the company. KENTA is someone who will probably skyrocket through the ranks if his in-ring skills allow him to do so instantly, he will definitely make a big name for himself and continue his already brilliant career.
The most common theme you find online is that the armchair bookers are the first to criticise, often referring to him as a new Yoshi Tatsu. I understand the reservations some hardcore fans have as the WWE doesn’t have the best history of having successful Japanese talent, but he is leaps and bounds better than any recent Japanese talent. If there is one thing which would stop him from really hitting his stride, it’s probably his lack of English right now, but that can change.
He created the Go to Sleep finisher which CM Punk uses, the Busaiku High Knee which you might know as the Knee Plus is also KENTA’s which Daniel Bryan now uses and he also locks in the Omoplata Crossface better than most as well, another manoeuvre you see Daniel Bryan using.
He is fantastic in the ring, and the fans need to hope KENTA is booked right, if the booking is there then expect KENTA to be a massive hit.
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