Rumors have it that WWE has been signing some of the best international talent to their developmental program. Names like Kevin Steen, Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi have surfaced as potential candidates to join the company later on this year. Unfortunately, though, WWE will not be bringing in Sarita, long considered one of the best international female performers in the business. She received a tryout with the company back in March but no contract has been offered.
June 4, 2014
Earlier this year, the hot rumors were that Kenta Kobayashi was going to be signing with WWE after the Japanese star came to the United States and did a tryout for the company. The industry was a bit shocked recently when it was announced that Kobayashi was leaving Pro Wrestling NOAH, his longtime home. The belief is that he no longer wants to work the physically demanding style in Japan.
May 8, 2014
While a lot of fans in the United States are hoping that he ends up joining WWE, there are rumors floating around that Kenta Kobayashi could be signing with New Japan instead. A lot of speculation has arisen since his contract with Pro Wrestling NOAH expired earlier this week. Kobayashi did do a tryout for WWE earlier in the year.
May 1, 2014
Back in January, a buzz was created when it appears that Kenta Kobayashi was going to be signing with WWE since he worked a tryout for the company. However, the company never gave him a contract, and he Kobayashi returned to Japan. Pro Wrestling NOAH has just announced, however, that their longtime star is leaving the promotion, which has started rumors about Kobayashi finally joining WWE.
April 30, 2014
From the sounds of thing, Kenta Kobayashi doesn't seem like he is going to be signing a developmental contract with WWE after all. He has given the impression that he will be sticking with Pro Wrestling NOAH for the time being. Kobayashi has also downplayed the tryout by stating that it was informal.
February 5, 2014
After doing a tryout with WWE this week, Kenta Kobayashi is headed back to Japan, where he will be making a big announcement at the next Pro Wrestling Noah show, in regards to his future plans in the industry. Many believe that he will be signing a developmental deal and moving to the USA.
January 31, 2014
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Alberto Del Rio was going to be signing with two different wrestling promotions at the beginning of 2015. Reports have surfaced that one of those companies will be TNA. Del Rio is said to be adamant about being able to work in Mexico again, and TNA provides a bit more freedom than the bigger corporation up north. The belief is that the announcement can be made as soon as January.
November 18, 2014
Now that he is free and clear of his contact with WWE, Alberto Del Rio has announced that he will be signing deals with two promotions in January. The former world heavyweight champion hinted that both companies have television deals. The belief is that one of those deals will enable him to work Lucha Underground and AAA. The second deal is still a mystery, but it could be TNA or Global Force Wrestling.
November 17, 2014
During interviews, Kurt Angle has repeatedly stated that he wants to do one final year before retiring from professional wrestling. However, word is now coming out that the former world heavyweight champion is open to signing a contract that stretches out to 18 months since it would be a part time deal. Angle wants to focus on building a career in Hollywood, and he knows that he still needs the exposure from wrestling to help make that happen.
November 1, 2014
Through social media, Gene Snitsky has expressed his dissatisfaction with TNA for not bringing him on board full time. He did a couple of segments on Impact Wrestling this summer, but management has opted to remain fiscally responsible, as they are still trying to secure a new television contract. The company is expected to start signing wrestlers are that happens.
October 19, 2014
Reports have surfaced that TNA will announce their new television deal before the end of October. It is being said that Dixie Carter has informed business partners that an announcement is coming soon, in hopes of alleviating some of the concerns that they currently have with Impact Wrestling. Still no word yet on which network the company will be signing on with, though.
October 17, 2014
Back in June, Brodus Clay was given a release by WWE, so he informed his fans that his professional wrestling career was far from over. After exploring his options in Japan, the former bodyguard for Snoop Dogg decided to remain stateside by signing with TNA. He made his television debut for the company this week on Impact Wrestling by aligning himself with Ethan Carter and defeating Shark Boy in a match.
October 16, 2014
Earlier this month, Nick Dinsmore was given a release by WWE after the company refused to sign him to a new contract as a trainer. During a recent interview, he hinted on a return as an in ring performer. Dinsmore did not specify which company he would be signing with, but he did state that it was one of the highest profile wrestling companies in the world.
October 13, 2014
During Bound For Glory 2014, Bully Ray and Devon specifically mentioned the Bullet Club, a stable in New Japan. That is of interest because the pay per view was promoted by Great Muta and Wrestle-1. This has led to speculation that Team 3D may end up signing with Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling because the company has a partnership with New Japan.
October 12, 2014
Rumors spread rather quickly this week about Josh Mathews joining TNA when pictures of the announcer leaving the company headquarters appeared online. While no official confirmation has been made on the signing, the belief is that a contract has already been reached. While there is still a slight chance that he might be wrestling for the company, the widespread belief is that he is coming in as an announcer.
September 25, 2014
There was a lot of hype behind the signing of Prince Devitt, so WWE wants to figure out a good way to introduce the international star to their fan base. Reports have surfaced that the company is thinking about utilizing him in the tag team division to start. The two names that have been toss around as potential partners are Sami Zayn and the newly signed Kevin Steen.
September 19, 2014
While reports are saying that their contract with Spike TV is expiring at the end of the year, executives in TNA are still making moves as if they are definitely going to remain on television. The company has now booked the Manhattan Center in New York City for three more episodes of Impact Wrestling. It appears that Dixie Carter is extremely confident that they will be signing a deal somewhere.
September 15, 2014
"Well right now I'm not at liberty to say where I'm going but I will tell you I'm going to do the right thing for me and my family. I am in the process of structuring a deal and I do have a company in mind. I haven't said yes because I want to make it a public thing with the company and myself. I can't really say who it is or where I'm going but I can tell you it's going to happen in the next two weeks before my contract is even up. I won't be wrestling until January but there will be a signing in the next couple of weeks." - Kurt Angle hinting on whether he will stay with TNA or return to WWE
September 10, 2014
As soon as Alberto Del Rio revealed to the world that WWE cannot legally prevent him from working, there was interest from several promotions across the world. The most notable one being TNA. John Gaburick reportedly contacted the former world heavyweight champion about possibly signing a contract with the company. Del Rio and Gaburick worked together in WWE.
September 4, 2014
It was a pretty big deal when WWE announced that they were inviting Michael Sam to show up on Monday Night Raw because the first openly gay player in the NFL has been generating quite a bit of publicity over the last couple of months. However, with him signing with the Dallas Cowboys, WWE has now decided to remove all mentions of the invitation, including an open letter from Stephanie McMahon, to avoid looking like they were rejected.
September 3, 2014
While WWE will continue to put the full court press on, it appears very unlikely that Michael Sam will be making an appearance on Monday Night Raw for Vince McMahon. The defensive end from Missouri University is currently in the process of signing a contract with the Dallas Cowboys after being released by the St Louis Rams. Once the deal goes through, he will more than likely be prohibited from being involved with WWE.
September 2, 2014
Reports have surfaced that WWE intends on having Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi continue working as a tag team. A possible tag title run is being discussed. However, this might lead to some problems, as one of the things that Devitt reportedly requested when he signed his contract was that he not be forced to stay in developmental for too long of a period. Devitt feels that he has enough international experience to be qualified for the main roster.
November 22, 2014
Those that watch WWE NXT saw a character named Finn Balor making his debut this week by being the mystery partner for Hideo Itami in his feud against the Ascension. That is pretty big news for fans of international wrestling. Balor was formerly known as Prince Devitt, a star in New Japan for a very long time. Itami is Kenta Kobayashi, one of the better performers in all of Asia.
November 7, 2014
Reports have surfaced that Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi are going to be promoted to the main roster very soon. The two of them are established international stars, and management is not going to have them languishing in the developmental program. WWE knows that the promotion might upset some of the guys that have been in WWE NXT for a while, but it is a move that they want to do.
September 30, 2014
When he finally signed a developmental contract with WWE, many fans were under the impression that Kenta Kobayashi might be one of the rare exceptions who get to keep using their names. However, management opted against that and changed his name to Hideo Itami. The reason fro WWE doing this is because they want to be able to own the rights to the name in case he becomes a big star and leaves someday.
September 12, 2014
It has now been revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25000 a year. There's usually a two or three year commitment involved as well. An established guy like Kenta Kobayashi may be receiving a higher salary, however. The average amount is definitely less than what some of these guys with name value can make on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 11, 2014
Originally, Ric Flair was scheduled to make an appearance at WWE NXT tonight at the Takeover 2 event. The former world heavyweight champion was supposed to introduce Kenta Kobayashi to the fans as a way to accelerate the fan support for the Japanese star. However, it has now been revealed that Flair has canceled on the appearance due to some sort of personal issue.
September 11, 2014
The widespread assumption among wrestling fans is that Triple H is the one responsible for bringing in Prince Devitt, Kenta Kobayashi and Kevin Steen into WWE. However, during a recent interview, Kevin Nash specifically stated that HHH was against the idea of bringing in performers who have worked a good amount of time elsewhere. Nash stated that HHH preferred to produce talent in house instead. That has caused people to wonder who was behind the decision to bring in Devitt, Steen and Kobayashi.
September 5, 2014
One the things that made Kenta Kobayashi so famous in Japan was his diverse moves set. Unfortunately, though, a lot of his signature maneuvers cannot e utilized in WWE. His Go 2 Sleep finisher is commonly associated with CM Punk nowadays. His knee finisher and submission move are both being used by Daniel Bryan. The belief is that WWE will have him come up with new moves in developmental.
July 20, 2014
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
"He just signed with us. I was there when he had his tryout at the WWE Performance Center and I met with him there. We've been working on this for a while. His training will start when he gets here. The thing is, you can be a big star anyplace else in the world. That gets you in the door. What you do once you get here is a whole different ballgame. He's no different than anybody else once he walks through the door of the Performance Center." - Triple H on how Kenta Kobayashi will be treated in WWE
July 17, 2014
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
WWE has a very big announcement being set up in Tokyo this week. It's such a major move in Japan that they even have Hulk Hogan making an appearance at the event. The belief is that this is where the company will reveal that they have signed Kenta Kobayashi, one of the better performers in the country, to a contract to join the WWE roster.
July 11, 2014
Next month, WWE is heading over to Japan for a quick tour, and local media has been announcing that the company will hold a press conference to reveal that they have signed Kenta Kobayashi to a contract. WWE has been wanting to increase their presence in the country, and they can greatly improve their chances of doing that by bringing on board one of the more known performers in Japan.
June 28, 2014
If things go as planned, WWE could have themselves three new stars on the main roster by 2015. Prince Devitt, Kevin Steen and Kenta Kobayashi are rumored to have been signed to developmental contracts with the company. All three need work visas to be completed, but they're expected to start training before the summer ends. Devitt, Steen and Kobayashi are viewed as three of the top international stars available.
May 31, 2014
With rumors swirling like crazy that he is set to join WWE, Kenta Kobayashi, one of the top stars in Japan, released a simple statement to his fans. He basically stated that an announcement about his future in professional wrestling was coming up soon. The belief is that he is waiting for his work visa to clear before revealing his intentions to join WWE.
May 19, 2014