You never know who will end up in WWE next and at this rate, they have the money to sign just about anyone they want to. New Japan Pro Wrestling has a lot of impressive stars, but it seems their current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion has landed on WWE’s radar.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Yukiro Kushida is currently someone the company is looking at bringing in. This wouldn’t be the first time WWE has targeted a current champion from NJPW as AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura were both champions prior to their exit from New Japan.
Kushida is a very interesting name to be on WWE’s radar because he is heavily featured by New Japan Pro Wrestling and is the current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Therefore, a huge hint might come if he drops that title. The 35-year-old Japanese wrestler is also a former ROH TV Champion.
It was noted that Kushida’s NJPW contract is expected to conclude at the end of January and while we shouldn’t be hearing about this, apparently WWE has stopped caring so much about talking to people under contract with other companies.
It was noted that this is not a done deal, but WWE isn’t very concerned with getting in trouble for contract tampering at this point. They are apparently making strong enough overtures to Kushida that they’re talking about it and it is thought that they have a much better chance of signing him more than other talents that they aren’t likely to get.
It would stand to reason that WWE will need as many top international names as possible considering their plans to expand on a global level with more NXT promotions and WWE Performance Centers. The only real question is whether or not Kushida will accept their offer if and when one comes around.