The WWE have done an excellent job of embracing new talent from other promotions from around the globe, as stars we never thought would be in the company are achieving a lot.
At one stage, we thought we’d never see the likes of Kevin Steen, El Generico, or even Prince Devitt ‘make it’ in the WWE and now, they’re some of the most entertaining wrestlers in the company.
In 2016 alone, we’ve seen the arrival of AJ Styles, as well as Shinsuke Nakamura, who will be making his debut against Zayn at the NXT TakeOver: Dallas event in April. They’re two incredible wrestlers who can do almost everything inside of the ring, and now we’re waiting for the arrivals of Doc Gallows and ‘Machine Gun’ Karl Anderson.
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OKADA TO THE WWE?
Never before have the WWE been more welcoming of talent from other promotions, and if the latest report by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is to be believed, the WWE could be bringing in another New Japan Pro Wrestling star, the highly popular Kazuchika Okada.
WrestlingInc.com are reporting that the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion is attracting interest from the WWE is because of his ability to add value to the Japanese market, along with Nakamura and Hideo Itami.
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However, it won’t be an easy task for the WWE to pinch another top Japanese talent like they have with Nakamura, Itami, and Asuka.
COMPETITION FROM NJPW
They face a big challenge from NJPW themselves; the company has offered Okada a five-year contract, and he’s remained adamant that he will remain loyal to NJPW and will sign the deal.
As of this writing, there’s no confirmation as to whether Okada has signed the contract that was offered, so there’s still a possibility that the WWE could tempt him to join them. He’s also reportedly still open to travelling abroad while Kota Ibushi is also attracting attention.
At this stage, it’s likely that NJPW will offer a lot more money to Okada compared to what the WWE would be willing to pay. The WWE won’t offer a lot of money for somebody who may not even be a success in the company despite his talent and achievements, whereas he’s guaranteed success in NJPW.
The WWE are also expected to raid more organisations from the UK, Mexico and Japan over the next few months, especially since the focus is on the Global Cruiserweight Series.
They are said to be interesting in a star from Lucha Underground and AAA as it’s being reported the unnamed star has never worked for a mainstream US company and isn’t happy with the creative team in Lucha Underground.
SHOULD HE JOIN?
If that’s the case, then all signs point to Pentagon Jr, who could be another potential addition to the roster if Okada makes the jump also.
Okada leaving NJPW would be a massive loss for the company, they look and treat him as the new face of the company, and they have invested a lot in him, after losing so much talent already, they’ll be hoping he remains loyal and signs that new deal.
Jumping ship to the WWE will be a huge risk for him and his career, he’s already mentioned he doesn’t want to work for another US company again so perhaps this could be a method of getting a huge contract from NJPW.
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