Karl Fredericks is better known to the wrestling fans as an NJPW star. NJPW is one promotion that has made its name in the independent circuit and is still one of the most promising promotions in the country.

NJPW has given us some exceptional superstars and even AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar and Kenny Omega have made their presence felt in the promotion. The matches are amazing in the promotion, but one superstar may have a change of plans.

According to PW Insider, Former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Karl Fredericks was seen today at the Performance Center in Orlando. He decided not to re-sign the contract after his contract came to an end on August 1st.

As of today August 1st I am no longer under contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling and I will not be re-signing with the company at this time. Though there is disappointment in the ending of this chapter I am grateful for the last four years traveling the world and growing with my best friends. I want to say thank you to the company for the opportunities and especially thank you to Shibata-San for believing in me and bringing me along his journey with the LA Dojo. Last but not least thank you to my fans and thank you to the NJPW fans for Your support over these years. I hope You will continue to support me along my path wherever that may lead.


Karl’s statement is listed above, and according to Shawn Michaels’ interview with San Antonio Express News, WWE would be willing to pick up new stars from any promotion if they fit the WWE criteria.

Frederick’s work in the WWE PC and his subsequent run would define or rather pave the way for many new superstars from NJPW to jump ships to the WWE or some other American promotion.

What do you think of Karl Fredericks’ decision? Sound off in the comments.

Amit Shukla

Amit Shukla is a huge "Stone Cold' Steve Austin fan and movie buff who loves to write about wrestling. Favorite movies include Inception, and Ankhon Dekhi among others.

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