The biggest story out of the wrestling world in the last 24 hours has nothing to do with Vince McMahon turning the Royal Rumble into a giant 30-superstar match. No, it's the news that AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, and other stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling have signed with WWE. Now, reports state that no one has actually signed a deal, but WWE is now teasing that an invasion could be coming.
Last night, the reports stated that Styles, Nakamura, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows had all given notice to New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) that they were leaving. The reports continued on to say that they were all signing deals with WWE and would be starting in the near future.
Pro Wrestling Sheet is now reporting that not a single one of them has signed a deal yet.
According to the report, there is a deal on the table for Styles and it is a definite offer from WWE to the big-time star. The same situation is in place right now for Nakamura, Anderson, and Gallows as well, but nothing is official.
This is where things get really interesting and weird all at the same time.
WWE usually does not comment on any other promotions and certainly doesn't comment on reports or rumors that are unfounded. In an odd twist that makes this whole story even more intriguing, WWE.com has actually posted a story teasing an invasion by the four stars from NJPW.
It builds on all of the reports that have come out in the last 24 hours about the four stars possibly coming to WWE. The article even says that there has been no comment from Triple H, the WWE COO and EVP of Talent Relations.
Taking things a step further, WWE goes on to talk about how Styles, Gallows, and Anderson were all members of the Bullet Club in NJPW. There has been a lot of interaction between Bullet Club members and their former leader, and current NXT champion, Finn Balor.
"Until recently, Styles, Gallows and Anderson were all part of New Japan's Bullet Club faction, a stable formerly led by Bálor when he wrestled in Japan under the alias Prince Devitt. For months, Bálor has made it clear that he's still tight with the Bullet Club members, even tweeting photos of them wearing his "Bálor Club" T-Shirts. On Monday, Bálor stirred the pot again, tweeting an image of Anderson sporting trunks that bore Finn's "demon" design. Additionally, the official Twitter account for the Bullet Club tweeted the NXT Champion Monday, telling him to keep more Bálor Club shirts on hand in case they need them. That tweet has since been deleted."Some tweets are still up though, and Balor does mention his former Bullet Club mates on a lot of occasions on social media.
When @Machinegunka wears Demon Bálor trunks on @njpw1972 #WK10 my heart melts #2sweet ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZeBhO7SUe7Shinsuke Nakamura is not a member of Bullet Club, but WWE does mention him in their report as well. They state how he is one of the most popular wrestlers in the world, of course, outside of WWE. This is where things take an even different and more interesting turn.
— Finn Bálor (@wwebalor) January 4, 2016
The report from WWE then mentions Daniel Bryan and how the popular, yet injured, superstar proposed an inter-promotional match between himself and Nakamura. That challenge was actually placed on the table just last year.
Should Daniel Bryan finally heal up from his injuries and be cleared to return to the ring, that match could finally happen in WWE. If Bryan is cleared and all of these signings do happen, the match possibilities are simply endless with Styles, Samoa Joe, Balor, Hideo Itami, Neville, and others.
WWE is not known to comment on rumors and if AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Shinsuke Nakamura really aren't yet signed, then that's just weird. If Nakamura and the former members of the Bullet Club are signed, then WWE is doing its best to keep the fans in the dark and tease an invasion from NJPW.
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