At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn this past week, the stars were out in full force to witness the future of sports entertainment in action.
All night the cameras were highlighting the massive names in attendance. Ranging from WWE legends to current main roster stars and even celebrities.
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WWE World Heavyweight and United States Champion, Seth Rollins was in attendance. Naomi and Tamina Snuka were there to watch the third member of Team B.A.D – Sasha Banks - defend her NXT Women’s Championship against Bayley.
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Also in attendance at the Barclays Center were Sgt. Slaughter and Ric Flair; and sitting next to them was Japanese wrestler, Kana. The commentary team did acknowledge Kana – who was being billed as Kanna – so as expected the rumours started to circulate about her potential involvement in the WWE.
At that point is was only speculation. Especially since the WWE managed to bring in Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger from NJPW for a one-off match against Tyler Breeze, so perhaps something similar was being planned.
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Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has confirmed the news that a deal was agreed upon several weeks ago.
This means Kanna – which is what she’ll probably go by in the WWE – will be joining the NXT roster on a full-time basis.
If that’s the case then she will definitely continue to strengthen the impressive NXT divas division with her experience and talent.
Enuhito have also weighed in on the recent speculation, confirming that Kanna signed a contract with the WWE a while ago. With the news only coming to light due to her appearance in the crowd at TakeOver: Brooklyn.
They have also confirmed that Kanna didn’t take part in the WWE try-outs that were held at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall last month where the Beast in the East event was taking place.
They’ve also claimed that she was checked by the WWE weeks before the WWE Network special event in Japan.
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Kanna will definitely add a lot to the NXT roster. With her experience and her unique in-ring style consisting of submission holds and kicks; she’ll already be one of the better wrestlers.
The only question mark will be her ability on the microphone, and whether her lack of English will hold her back from being a massive hot.
That’s definitely important. This is because the talented divas in Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Charlotte are moving up to the main roster and they genuinely leave a massive hole in the NXT women’s division.
Granted, Bayley is still there and she’s the NXT Women’s Champion now. She can’t carry the division on her own though. There are still women such as Dana Brooke who will go for a title push in the near future, as well as Eva Marie.
But Kanna may not be the only woman to come to NXT and strengthen the female roster.
Recent reports have also suggest that Athena Reese – who was trained by Booker T – may sign with NXT very soon, whilst former TNA Knockout Sarita is also on Triple H’s radar.
If Kanna has indeed signed with the company, and Triple H can secure the signings of Reese and Sarita, then the NXT Women’s division will certainly be interesting and more competitive.
Now we just play the waiting game for the WWE to officially announce that they have signed Kanna to its NXT division.