KENTA Officially Signs With WWE, Will Report To Performance Center

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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.

KENTA left Pro Wrestling NOAH in May and was believed to be WWE bound this summer. The only holdup to his signing -- in addition to announcing it on the Japanese tour -- was a work visa issue.

  • BIG M

    I wonder if he will use the GTS in WWE now that Punk’s gone (most likely).
    He can’t use the Busaiku he no Hizageri (Running High Knee) or the Game Over (Omoplata Crossface) AKA LeBell/YES Lock due to… Uh Hum well due to Daniel Bryan just plain steeling them and not giving credit LOL.

    • Chris

      You mean the guy directly pointed to in the story as being the man who got him a shot in WWE? I’d say that more than pays for using the moves on a different continent.

      • BIG M

        That LOL at the end of my comment means I wasn’t taking a shot at Bryan or Punk for stealing KENTA’s moves.
        I was just trying to make an in-joke that fans who might be familiar with KENTA or Puroresu in general would get yeshhh.
        And besides Workers stealing other peoples finishers is common place e.g. DDP’s Diamond Cutter was invented by Johnny Ace (of all people).
        Some workers have even gone one better and taken someone else’s finisher and added something to it e.g. Randy Orton jumping up to into a Diamond cutter (RKO) instead of just locking in a cravat and dropping down.

        • 123456

          Im pretty sure Bryan did the LaBell lock first…

          • T-Zone

            First of all the LeBell Lock was created by Gene LeBell decades ago. LeBell was a pioneer in wrestling and grappling back in the day. Bryan actually learnt the submission directly from one of LeBell’s former proteges.

            I had to do some research but KENTA first used the submission back in Jan. 22, 2006 against Marufuji. Of course in the WWE, we first see Daniel Bryan use the submission 4 years ago because he couldn’t really use the Cattle Mutilation due to bigger opponents.

            That’s an issue that’s been debated for years.

            If KENTA doesn’t use the GTS and Busaiku he no Hizageri (running knee), then what? He doesn’t have much more flashy, technical moves that the WWE roster isnt already using.

            I’m not too worried, I’m sure he’ll come up with something.

          • 123456

            So….did Bryan use the LeBell lock before KENTA or no? Because I was under the impression he did…

  • The Shockmaster

    KENTA is better than most of the roster and they’ve put him developmental!
    Wait until you see his version of the GTS. The proper and original version.

    • BrooksOglesby

      It’s not a knock on his abilities. They know he’s good or else they wouldn’t have made such a big deal out of signing him. The WWE style is distinct, and KENTA’s still learning English. Even a guy like Daniel Bryan benefited from learning the WWE style in developmental. The last time they signed a big star and had him bypass all the processes that would have acclimated him, well, they just released him and replaced him with Hunico. They won’t make that mistake again, and they shouldn’t.

      • J Vomkrieg

        Yeah, we don’t want Hunico playing the part of KENTA in a few months.

    • jdl

      That’s the way it has to be. Sin Cara failed because Triple H, in all his forethought, just tossed him out onto the main roster without ensuring he could work the WWE style. The American style of wrestling favors the right whereas the Mexican style favors the left, that alone would have required Sin Cara to completely reverse his style and he never did.

      KENTA being sent to developmental where he’ll work on the showmanship required to work in WWE, the proper WWE style and work on his English will be good for the man. He’s a guy like Daniel Bryan, he’s an old hand in the indie and Japanese style, but he needs to learn the WWE and American style before he’s ready for the big stage. It shouldn’t take him too long, the guy is absolutely phenomenally talented. He’s just a couple pegs below Bryan, and that’s saying something as Bryan is more than a couple pegs above the vast majority of the WWE roster.

  • Devin Steele

    bray wyatt cannot carry a tune in a jar! (cannot sing) he sounds like he is choking on his spit when he sings