January of 2019 is fast approaching, and that means that free agency is on the horizon. WWE has some serious cash to spend, especially from their billion-dollar broadcast deal with FOX for SmackDown Live. They’re also making great money from their shows in Saudi Arabia.
It’s expected the professional wrestling juggernaut will make a push to sign several top New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring Of Honor talents, whose contracts are set to expire in early 2019. In a recent interview, NJPW star Tetsuya Naito revealed that he shot down an offer from WWE this past summer.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Naito wasn’t the only NJPW star WWE approached. Meltzer didn’t name anyone specifically but said there were two more top stars WWE made offers two. It was said one of the names was a “huge surprise.”
The other was said to be a good worker, but wouldn’t be able to flourish under WWE’s system. It was noted, however, that those stars, like many Japanese talents, wouldn’t have any reservations about relocating to the United States.