Fans seem to be focusing on who from New Japan Pro Wrestling might be coming into WWE next year, but they might need to look at the reverse as well. WWE brought in some big names from New Japan about 3 years ago and now their contracts are coming to an end. Of course, AJ Styles is more than likely to sign with WWE once again. After all, they’ve treated him quite well for the past 3 years.
But Shinsuke Nakamura, as well as Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, might have interest in going back to NJPW — at least their former company would apparently want them back.
Dave Meltzer spoke about their contracts status on Wrestling Observer Radio where he explained the reasoning that they might use for sticking with WWE. Because moving to the USA isn’t the kind of thing you can just give up after 3 years if you’ve relocated your entire life Stateside.
“There is interest in New Japan in bringing these guys back. I don’t expect for them to go. Nakamura moved here, he lives here. I have not heard any interest from in in going back. Gallows, I’ve heard there’s a part of him that wants to go back. Anderson… Anderson’s got you know, kids. I think Anderson because of the kids and things like that even if you’re away more you’re not away so long because it’s onethings to do the New Japan thing to do the Cody and Young Bucks thing and be gone a couple days a month but it’s another thing to be gone the entire month which is what Anderson and Gallows were doing when they would go.”
“So when you have kids, even though you work on the road more days it’s not as tough mentally because it’s not like you’re not seeing your kids for 3 weeks which is very hard — you’re not seeing them for a couple days which isn’t fun but it’s a lot easier to live with. So I think that’s really the key when it comes to Anderson in particular. But time will tell. Yes, New Japan would want them back, that I know.”
So yeah, only time will tell what happens when it comes to Shinsuke Nakamura and The Club’s contract status. After all, New Japan could offer Anderson and Gallows exactly what they are wanting and make it work to bring them over as top guys.
Things could be changing in a big way in 2019 and we’ll just have to wait patiently to see who signs with what company at this point. But, we promise to let you guys and gals know exactly what’s going on as soon as we hear anything in these situations.
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