Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that New Japan Pro Wrestling is reportedly interested in bringing back three of its former talents who are currently signed to WWE.
These 3 Superstars are none other than WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
It is believed that Nakamura, Gallows and Anderson all signed 3-year deals with WWE in 2016 and as of now, there hasn’t been any news on their contracts being renewed. This has led to widespread speculation that the three former NJPW talents will be leaving WWE for Japan in 2019.
Gallows and Anderson were first put together as a tag team by NJPW back in 2013. The duo worked within Bullet Club and over the next three years, Gallows and Anderson captured the IWGP Tag Team Championship thrice, while also winning the 2013 World Tag League. In February 2016, the two inked a deal with WWE bidding farewell to NJPW. In January 2017, Gallows and Anderson became Raw Tag Team Champions.
Although the duo had a groundbreaking debut on the WWE main roster and continued to rampage the tag team division for months, they haven’t been quite relevant since losing the RAW Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 33.
Nakamura made his NXT debut by defeating Sami Zayn at NXT TakeOver: Dallas in February 2016. The King of Strong Style captured the NXT Championship once during his tenure with the yellow-and-black brand.
Since his debut on the main roster in April 2017, Nakamura failed multiple times to capture the WWE Championship but ended up winning his first main roster title by defeating Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules 2018 to become the reigning WWE United States Champion.
Nakamura is currently having a heel run in WWE while Gallows and Anderson turned face this past January.
It is expected that all three Superstars will stay with WWE because Nakamura and Anderson are well settled in the United States. Gallows has possibly been looking to return to Japan but that has not been confirmed yet.