between Speculation has been rife as to who will make the jump from New Japan Pro-Wrestling to WWE. After Karl Anderson and Jonah (aka Bronson Reid) did, a former NJPW star from America quietly made his first appearance for WWE NXT.
Carl Fredericks made his way to the ring During an NXT live event in Fort Pierce, Florida, staring at Axiom before leaving without saying a word. Fredericks, many fans in the audience, were seemingly unfamiliar with his presence was noted by fans On social media.
Fredericks’ debut came after questions regarding his future in professional wrestling His departure from NJPW last summer. The NJPW LA Dojo alumni was best known for becoming the first foreigner to win the company’s Young Lion Cup in 2019. Shibata defeated the likes of novice Ren Narita, Clark Connors and Shota Umino to be crowned the winner of the tournament. NJPW Destruction Tour in Kobe 2019.
However, injuries and travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic slowed Fredericks’ momentum when he graduated from the Young Lions. This ultimately eliminated his lack of participation in the 2022 G1 Climax tournament, which Fredericks He expressed his disappointment on Twitter Shortly before his NJPW departure.
While it’s still unclear what Fredericks’ role in WWE will be, his debut garnered some attention from his peers. Notably, Grayson Waller commented The NXT Instagram post documents the debut of the former Young Lion“Finally they brought a little boy to carry my bag,” he said.