WWE reportedly close to re-signing top Japanese star

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The WWE brand split is a mere three weeks away and the WWE have apparently been desperate to draft in stars of yesteryear to help bulk out the rosters.

With SmackDown and Raw being split into two separate entities, the WWE don't have anywhere near enough star power to fill two weekly shows and are doing all they can to bring in new hires.

One of those is apparently Tajiri, who is rumoured to be signing a contract with the WWE in time for the brand split on July 19.


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According to a report from WrestleZone, the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion has signed a new deal with WWE and will remain on with the company following the upcoming Cruiserweight Classic, in which he is taking part.

"According to reports, Tajiri’s contract with Wrestle-1 expired earlier this week and he will not be renewing, along with AKIRA, Minoru Tanaka, Ryota Hama and Nakanokami Yasushibun, who are all leaving the promotion," WrestleZone added.

While wrestling in Mexico in late 1998, Tajiri was spotted by Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman and joined ECW, becoming 'The Japanese Buzzsaw." In ECW, he won the Television Title and the Tag Team titles.

From there, he was signed by the WWE after the collapse of ECW and was a hit. He was drafted to SmackDown in 2001 in the original draft.

Tajiri was a three-time Cruiserweight Champion and won the WWE's tag team titles twice, once with Eddie Guerrero and once with William Regal.

He ended up leaving the company in 2006 to move back to Japan and competing for Hustle, All Japan Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Smash, Wrestling New Classic and Wrestle-1. The 45-year-old even had a brief stint with TNA.

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