According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Karl Fredericks has signed with the company and started at the WWE Performance Center this week.
Fredericks’ deal with New Japan Pro-Wrestling expired in August and he was later seen at the WWE Performance Center in September.
Fredericks’ announced his NJPW departure on social media back in August, tweeting out:
“As of today August 1st I am no longer under contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling and I will not be re-signing with the company at this time. Though there is disappointment in the ending of this chapter I am grateful for the last four years traveling the world and growing with my best friends. I want to say thank you to the company for the opportunities and especially thank you to Shibata-San for believing in me and bringing me along his journey with the LA Dojo. Last but not least thank you to my fans and thank you to the NJPW fans for Your support over these years. I hope You will continue to support me along my path wherever that may lead.”
It’s currently unknown when Fredericks will make his on-screen debut for WWE NXT or if he’ll undergo a name change beforehand.
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