Kota Ibushi, the top Japanese junior heavyweight, was one of the 32 names announced for the WWE Cruiserweight Classic this past week but the company already has bigger plans for him. Ibushi is the top star and the ringer in the tournament, reports Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer newsletter. It’s expected that he will be booked strong in the tournament and will then be offered a deal with NXT since they are aggressively pursuing new talent to fill NXT because many of the current NXT names will be moving up to the main roster for the brand split.
Ibushi was shown at ringside at NXT TakeOver: Dallas. Finn Balor was the person who made the call to Ibushi back in February to let him know that WWE wanted to talk with him. Ibushi told the Japanese media this week that WWE made him an offer in Dallas and he even met Vince McMahon but he declined the offer at that time. WWE persisted and he finally accepted their offer to wrestle in the Cruiserweight Classic but, as of this writing, has yet to sign a full-time deal for NXT.
In 2013, Ibushi became the first wrestler in Japan to sign a full-time contract with two promotions at the same time. A spinal injury kept him on the sidelines in late 2015 and early 2016 but was cleared to wrestle again in February. He announced his decision to leave DDT and NJPW, in part, because he was burned out from working two schedules.
USADA Describe Brock Lesnar Drug Test Problem As A Technical Issue
NXT UK, 205 Live, and NXT 12/12/18 Viewing Party
NXT UK Episode 13 & 14 Reviews: Ace and Revenge is Sweet
205 Live 12/5/18 Review: Lucha House Party With Piñatas
NXT 12/5/18 Review: Absolving Sins
WWE Billing Lars Sullivan as the “Hottest Free Agent”
Jack Swagger Says He Could Defeat Brock Lesnar in an Amateur Wrestling Match
Video: Hulk Hogan Provides Update on WWE Return
Video: CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson UFC 225 Highlights
VIDEO: Shinsuke Nakamura’s New Entrance Theme
WWE SmackDown Live 12/18/18 Live Chat and Viewing Party
Hello and welcome to WrestleCorp’s SmackDown Live! Viewing Party! Converse with your fellow commenters and discuss SmackDown as you watch it live!
Asuka Get Championship Coronation on SmackDown Live Tonight
WWE announced the following on WWE.com: Asuka emerged victorious in the first-ever Women’s TLC Match on Sunday night, becoming the...
NOAH Great Voyage in Yokohoma Vol. 2 2018 Results
Here are the results of Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Great Voyage in Yokohoma Vol. 2 on December 16, 2018: Lin Dong Xuan...
EVOLVE 117 and 118 Results Including Appearances of Lucha Underground, NXT, and Impact Wrestling Stars
Here are the results of EVOLVE 117 and EVOLVE 118 from December 15 to December 16, 2018. EVOLVE 117: Harlem...
ROH Announces New Operations Manager For ROH Dojo With Details
ROH announced the following: Ring of Honor Wrestling is proud to announce the signing of Danny Cage to an exclusive...
Top NXT Star Returning to EVOLVE In January
It was announced by EVOLVE that top NXT star, Johnny Gargano, will be making his return to EVOLVE in January....