WWE is on a hot streak in terms of big signings as evidenced by the full-time deal they closed with UFC superstar Ronda Rousey, who made an appearance at Sunday’s Royal Rumble event.
Now, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, WWE is turning their attention to two of professional wrestling’s biggest names.
Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi.
Omega’s one-year deals with NJPW provide room for the global phenom to not stay locked down in one place for far too long.
However, there is a thinking that Omega’s run in Japan is coming to an end at some point in the near future.
On the final night of the 2-day New Beginning in Sapporo event, Cody Rhodes attacked Kenny Omega to kickstart a rivalry which has been building for months and signaling a big shift in a prominent storyline.
Omega’s one-time partner, Kota Ibushi, ended up making the save and the two embraced.
WWE is “very interested” in bringing Omega to WWE and have always maintained interested in Ibushi, who was a participant in the Crusierweight Classic tournament, and who turned down a lucrative deal from WWE to head back to Japan.
Omega made some interesting comments after New Beginning in Sapporo, making reference to WWE:
— chris charlton (@reasonjp) January 29, 2018
Now, WWE’s interest doesn’t mean that the interest is mutual, negotiations are taking place or any kind of communication has taken place.
But, WWE has it in their plans to attempt to bring both Omega and Ibushi with a “lucrative” offer.
It is likely that nothing will get done until late 2018-early-2019.
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WWE Reportedly Interested In KUSHIDA
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA is reportedly drawing interest from WWE, according to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
KUSHIDA, 35, has been the cornerstone of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s light heavyweight division and one of their most recognized stars, globally.
The report indicates that NXT is the destination if WWE were to lure KUSHIDA from New Japan.
With NXT globalizing, an NXT Japan seems like a natural progression for the brand and KUSHIDA could be in those potential plans moving forward.
Kenny Omega Talks How Wrestling AJ Styles Made Him Continue Wrestling
The Elite’s Kenny Omega, who is set to become one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling over the next few months, recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk is Jericho’ podcast and talked about how he almost quit wrestling.
Then, Omega stepped into the ring with A.J. Styles.
“I found that my in-ring performance was suffering because you know there’s an aesthetic look you have to maintain in professional wrestling” Omega stated when describing his mindset back in 2006. “If I’m cutting 20 pounds for a tournament or a fight and then I have to go to the ring I’m going to look like I came out of a dryer and it just didn’t jive. So if I was going to concentrate on one, the other was going to suffer.”
Omega then described how he approached an upcoming match with Styles, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
“[It was] after that AJ match when I thought, ‘Oh my goodness there’s this guy who’s so much better than me but we have this chemistry together.’ It kind of showed me my true potential and maybe something that I could grasp and something I could achieve that I hadn’t seen yet.”
“It really made me look in the mirror and say to myself: ‘Jeez, even when I do these all-time jiu-jitsu tournaments I’m always going for a finish, I’m always trying to have that exciting match when really you should just be concentrating on getting that gold medal or whatever. So I found that I was actually and entertainer, I was a performer. So I was going to give this wrestling thing one more shot.”
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