The WWE are no strangers to cherry picking the top wrestling talent from promotions across the globe to join them, and reports today suggest they have done it again to bring in a star of Japanese wrestling.
Dave Meltzer, speaking in the most recent issue of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, acknowledged the WWE have signed female star Kana to a contract - revealing the deal has actually been done for a couple of weeks.
The idea of Kana, who has been one of the biggest stars in Japan in recent years, joining the WWE doesn't come totally out of the blue however, with the wrestler spotted ringside at last weekend's NXT TakeOver event at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
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Kana was actually pinpointed by the WWE cameras at the TakeOver event as she sat alongside Ric Flair and Sgt. Slaughter. The fact her name had been slightly altered (Kanna rather than Kana) had some fans convinced a deal was done. And it looks like they were correct.
A veteran of the wrestling scene in Asia, Kana began her wrestling career back in 2004 and has won a number of titles along the way including the JWP Openweight Championship.
The 33-year-old also has some experience wrestling in the United States. She has made a number of appearances for the all-female promotion, Shimmer wrestling, between 2011 and 2014.
Despite her experience in the ring it is likely that Kana will begin her WWE career in the development ground that is NXT. Her appearance on TakeOver suggests she could be introduced into a feud with the rising crop of Diva stars in the near future.
With the Divas division in general full of young talent, there is even a chance that Kana/Kanna could rise fairly rapidly to the main roster should she make a strong impression.
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