Top NJPW Star Turns Down WWE Contract – According to Tokyo Sports, as translated through New Japan Pro Wrestling commentator Chris Charlton, Tetsuya Naito has turned down an expected contract from the WWE. Naito, via Charlton, said;
I didn’t even give it a thought. This New Japan ring is already the world’s number one stage. The fans know this. That’s why I think we should focus on our home crowd before looking international.
This is reflected in his comments about Chris Jericho, whom he refers to as “WWE Superstar” Chris Jericho. It’s curious to see if anyone else behind the scenes has this type of opinion.
Apollo Crews Push? – WWE currently has plans for Apollo Crews, and it’ll be as their featured highlight reel. Crews recently defeated Jinder Mahal with a standing moonsault, which was apparently surprising. Dave Meltzer was the one who broke the news, and even though fans are gravitating towards this right now in person, this is the apparent new direction.
Flip Gordon Talks Wanting to Headline for ROH – Flip Gordon has been involved with a lot of big events lately, and recently just won the Chris Jericho Cruise tournament. Yet talking to an online publication, Gordon revealed that he has one goal; be a top draw for ROH Wrestling. He’s quoted as saying;
I re-signed with ROH and I’m with them until 2020. I knew that when I signed the contract, this is a commitment. Two years I’m with ROH.
So if people leave, great! That is just more opportunities for me. If they stay, great! That’s even harder I have to work then because I still want those spots.
The “…if people leave…” comment was about The Elite, who are rumored to be moving on from Ring of Honor.
Quick Hits – Ilja Dragunov, Camille Grignon, Jurn Simmons, Edwige Trabouillet, Emil Sitoci, Wesna, LX Ken, body builder Christopher Oketch and strongman Raffael Gordzielik were all part of a WWE tryout in Cologne, Germany held by trainers Matt Bloom, Robbie Brookside, and Sarah Stock. Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner are also there helping out.
WWE has finalized a deal to acquire World Wrestling Council’s video library according to PWInsider. This is curious, as the WWC, which is based in Puerto Rico, is still active as a promotion.