There has been plenty of speculation surrounding NJPW trying to sign some old flames from WWE, with the likes of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Gallows & Anderson all reported targets.
But apparently this interest is not a one way thing, as it has been revealed a massive Japanese star has turned down a contract with Vince’s company.
Tetsuya Naito, former IWGP Heavyweight, Intercontinental and Junior Heavyweight Champion, has revealed that he was approached with a contract offer, but that the thought of signing it never crossed his mind.
“I didn’t even give it a thought,” Naito said. “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.”
Naito, arguably the most popular wrestler in Japan, will face Chris Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom 13 in an attempt to regain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
“You should understand that I have no interest in ‘WWE Superstar’ Chris Jericho,” Naito said. “What I want to do is get revenge for what happened in a New Japan ring.”
Jericho has been attacking members of Naito’s stable, Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ), left, right and centre, so Naito has been forced to step up to try and stop him.