It’s official. The King of Strong Style is heading to World Wrestling Entertainment. According to Japan’s Tokyo Sports, Nakamura revealed he will be leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling later in January. The talented and eccentric superstar said that he wanted new challenges and was hoping to hit new heights on WWE’s platform.
Although it has been confirmed from nearly every single publication covering the story (including this one), this is the first time that the news comes directly from Nakamura himself. This news comes on the heels of the WWE announcing the launch of the WWE Network’s availability in Japan. Nakamura, who is currently the IWGP Intercontinental Champion, was challenged by Kenny Omega for his title the same night that AJ Styles made his final appearance for New Japan Pro Wrestling at New Year’s Dash.
You can read a translated version of the breaking story, right here. Nakamura joins Finn Balor and Hideo Itami as top New Japan Pro Wrestling stars to join the WWE in the past two years.
As earlier reported, Styles, Nakamura, Machine Gun Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows are expected to join the WWE in the coming weeks and as soon as the January 24th Royal Rumble. The talent coup couldn’t have come at a better time, as the WWE is currently suffering through an unprecedented injury bug that has claimed the assumed WrestleMania availability of Seth Rollins, John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro and Sting.
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