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.
Davey Boy Smith Jr. Done with New Japan
Dave Boy Smith Jr. may be done with New Japan Pro Wrestling, ending a relationship he has had with the promotion since 2011, according to various reports, and effectively ending his partnership with Lance Archer, who together formed the Killer Elite Squad tag team.
Smith is still involved with Major League Wrestling where Smith Jr, Teddy Hart, and Brian Pillman Jr comprise the Hart Foundation, who are currently their tag team champions, and Teddy Hart is the middleweight champion.
Smith will receive a future MLW World Championship match as he recently won a fan vote.
NJPW’s Harold Meij Comments on Departing Talent
With the departures of Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks, Chris Jericho, and the likely forthcoming departure of Kenny Omega, New Japan Pro Wrestling has been reeling.
New Japan Pro Wrestling president Harold Meij commented on the departures of the The Elite members, and other talent, most of whom are moving to either WWE or AEW.
Meij: ‘Talent will come & go. That’s life. Half of Japanese people have had more than one occupation. More overseas. There are different life stages, priorities change. What counts is that while here, ppl shine as bright as possible & produce the best product possible for us’— chris charlton (@reasonjp) January 9, 2019
Chase Owens Re-Signs With NJPW
NJPW is expected to lose Kenny Omega at the end of the month, who announced he would be leaving when his contract expires at the end of the month, but they will not be losing Chase Owens.
“The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens has also officially re-signed with NJPW, making the official announcement on Twitter.
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