WWE officially announced at Saturday's live event in Osaka, Japan they have signed KENTA to a developmental contract. The signing was announced in a segment on the show with Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart. He'll report to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
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Dot com covered the signing at this link with quotes from Triple H and KENTA himself. Below are excerpts:
“Kenta is an incredible performer who brings the crowd to its feet when he steps into the ring,” said Paul Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent, Creative and Live Events, WWE. “WWE’s signing of Kenta reflects our continued dedication to creating a diverse roster that appeals to our global fan base.”
“I am humbled to join WWE’s NXT division and look forward to honing my craft with the global leader in sports-entertainment,” said Kenta.
KENTA spent time at the WWE Performance Center in January, where he was evaluated by WWE officials. At the time, Triple H was leaning towards not signing him after feeling burned by the original Sin Cara. However, unlike the original Sin Cara, KENTA is known for his humility and is well-liked in the business. It was Daniel Bryan that put in a good word for him with the WWE office.