On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer is reporting that Jeff Cobb has signed a full-time deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling, turning down All Elite Wrestling in the process.
Speaking on the matter, Meltzer noted that Cobb’s goal was never to sign for WWE or AEW, but to be part of the NJPW roster, explaining why he’s chosen to sign a deal with the Japanese promotion:
“He’s been telling people all year long that he signed with somebody, but he wouldn’t say who and he’s with New Japan Pro Wrestling completely. He’s in the G1. He turned down AEW for this. His thing is that… everybody’s got their goal and his goal was to get a contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling. It was never WWE, there was no AEW at the time. Ring of Honor was the stepping stone to get to New Japan and he got to New Japan through Ring of Honor and now he’s in New Japan.”
Jeff Cobb did some work with AEW, wrestling Jon Moxley on the 02/19 episode of Dynamite before the Coronavirus pandemic. He has not wrestled on Dynamite since, and it appears that it was only a two-week deal.
Interestingly, Cobb also noted in a recent interview that WWE made contact with him during his free agency period. However, he obviously also turned them down. You can read more about that by clicking here.
Do you think Jeff Cobb made the right decision signing with NJPW over AEW or WWE? Let us know in the comments.