2019 is going to be hands-down a landmark year for the pro-wrestling business as top promotions namely WWE, NJPW and ROH reveal the tricks they had up their sleeves all this while.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling is giving tough competition to Vince McMahon as the Japan-based promotion once again plans to give WWE a run for its money. As reported by Dave Meltzer on Thursday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, NJPW has made huge offers to top WWE Superstars on the current main roster.
Meltzer said, “There were some offers that have been made to some guys in WWE that surprised me in the sense of how much they could make outside of WWE.”
“One person who is there got an offer for ridiculous money for way less dates and it very much surprised me. This would be one of the top guys in WWE. New Japan is weird but they are willing to pay real big money like they did with [Chris] Jericho.”
It was earlier reported that NJPW is also interested to bring back three of its original stars namely Shinsuke Nakamura, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. It is believed that the Superstars that Meltzer talked about are in addition to the aforementioned trio.
Hottest independent circuit stars, Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Marty Scurll and Adam “Hangman” Page are nearing the expiration of their contract in a couple of months’ time. Although their future isn’t yet decided, The Elite has confirmed to stay together as they make their next move.
Although that move doesn’t quite mean WWE, NJPW and ROH, it could definitely point at the smoky rumors of Tony Khan being interested in starting a new global professional wrestling promotion. Tony is the son of billionaire Shahid Khan, the owner of “Jacksonville Jaguars” and “Fulham F.C.”.
NJPW appears to be firing on all cylinders, even if that means bringing top WWE talent with eye-popping deals, as it prepares to look past the likes of The Elite.