[KENTA Update] Following the WWE contract signing in Osaka, Japan on July 12th, KENTA was part of a public press event today at the Hard Rock Cafe in Roppongi, Japan.
He first stated that he was a bit nervous to attend the public contract signing with the Hulk Hogan and he tried his best to “keep his composure”. It was a great honor to stand in the ring with him and very special moment as well for himself.
KENTA said that he is working on “setting up his residence in Orlando, Florida and is looking forward to training in the WWE Performance Center.” That it is a “great facility with a lot of great equipment” and one that he does not mind starting from the bottom if that is what he gets to work with. He mentioned that he is still quite “inexperienced with the English language”, but it is currently his “biggest hard work in progress”.
As for his name, KENTA mentioned that is “solely in the WWE Headquarters hands.” He said that there is a “possibility” that his ring name will be changed, but stated with a smile that “any number of names with do”. Even something like a “TANAKA or TOYOTA” which he mentioned himself. He is prepared for anything. He also mentioned that he knows he will have to adjust his in-ring style and adapt to the changes. But that he will do his very best.
He also mentioned the names of Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) and Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli) who have been in Japan and who have reached the top front of the WWE. He said that it it is reassuring to himself that there are talent that he personally knows in the WWE. He also mentioned John Cena and Rey Mysterio as wrestlers that the entire world knows, but at this time he has little expectations of being on that same level, he said with a laugh. He then said that WWE is the top of the wrestling organizations in the world and that it has been his dream to stand on the big stage, if just at least once in his life. He currently does not know what to expect now that the doors are open, but he will do his best from day one.
[KENTA Rumor / Discussion] So I have been getting emails and messages about what is next for KENTA now that he has had his final match, for now, in Pro Wrestling Noah.
Well I have stated that it “will be” the WWE based on everything I know, you can take that for whatever, but there are still some final steps in the way before KENTA takes the next big step in his career.
Here is part of a latest interview taken from Tokyo Sports on the WWE rumor itself.
Question: The rumor is that you will be competing in the WWE this summer.
KENTA: Right now, There is nothing that I can say at this time.
I will announce my plans when the time is right for me to announce them.
It should be noted that KENTA even jokingly stated that he could also “turn to the restaurant business” like many other wrestlers before him. Even more funny when some people call KENTA as Kawada Jr. (Toshiaki Kawada now runs a restaurant, full-time, for those who don’t know.)
KENTA has to be vague about this entire situation… truthfully this is no different that anyone else who has ever been offered a contract.
As I stated before he is waiting for his visa to clear, which is the biggest obstacle in his way right now. But then again, it is up to WWE, or whoever, to help get him the extended working visa as well.
A press conference is expected to take place, potentially, any day from now as KENTA cannot say anything until all the details are finalized.
[NOAH / KENTA News] A press conference was held at the Differ Ariake in Tokyo to formally announced that KENTA has resigned from his “exclusive contract” under Pro Wrestling Noah as of today, April 30. KENTA was present with the Vice-President of Noah in Naomichi Marufuji for the announcement.
KENTA’s own words are that it “there is only one life, and it is now or never to try something new in a different environment.” As of where he plans to go that is completely uncertain at this time, but KENTA “did” partake in a WWE tryout earlier this year which led to plenty of speculation as to what that means for the future.
KENTA will though still be competing in Noah this coming month as he is booked to compete on the May 3 Differ Ariake show as well as on the May 17 show at Korakuen Hall. Which will be his final match for the promotion, at this time.
The President of Noah, Akira Taue, released a statement before the press conference stating that KENTA has indeed resigned from the promotion. Though he apologized for any issues this may cause with the fans and for their full understanding on why this is happening.
My take on the matter…
This news has almost been expect for some time now in all honesty. Ever since KENTA made a special trip to the USA to partake in the “WWE tryout” session, I don’t know about anyone else, but I felt failry certain that he would at least earn a bigger oppurtunity to at least work on NXT. At least a chance to see where he could even fit in the long term of things.
Now as for what this means for NOAH as a whole, is completely up in the air. There is no denying that KENTA was a huge part of the latest restructuring of Noah, but as of late, this year more or less, he has been slowly put to the side to see how things can be centered around others. It completely feels that those in charge of Noah knew that their present time with KENTA might be coming to an end.
Now KENTA (33) talks of heading to a new stage of his career and change of environment. KENTA “has not” stated to where he will be going, so all we are left is with speculation at this time. But he did say that he will address everyone when the details of such have been more “secured”. – CP/BushidoRX
I keep seeing NJPW name being thrown around quite a bit more than I thought… but KENTA would not have to leave Noah just to work in NJPW. If he wanted to work in NJPW, he could very easily sign a multi-promotion contract much like Kota Ibushi. NJPW & Noah do allow for their talent to work back and forth, hence why a NJPW guy is Noah’s headlining champion right now.
KENTA resigning from his contract is very abrupt, and there is no reason for him to have to done that just to go, more or less, next door. Also considering he has not appeared in a NJPW ring in over 10 years.