Former WWE Star Darren Young to Debut in NJPW

Fred Rosser, who wrestled in WWE as Darren Young, will be debuting in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Rosser announced via his Twitter account that he will be having his first match in NJPW next Friday, September 4. No word yet on who his opponent will be but the date means that Rosser will be part of the NJPW Strong show.

“September 4th I finally make my debut with a bucket list promotion of mine,” writes Rosser on his Twitter.

Rosser had originally been signed to the WWE on a developmental deal in May 2009. He is mostly known as part of a tag team with Titus O’Neil. The duo held the WWE Tag Team Championship before splitting up.

Rosser then had a short program where he was mentored by WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund, before he was released in October 2017.

Rosser is also one of the first WWE wrestlers to come out while with the production, announcing that he was gay, during a TMZ interview.

Since he was released, he has made several appearances in indie productions but has not really been associated with any of them. No word on if the NJPW appearance is a one-off or the beginning of something between Rosser and the promotion.