It had been reported following Wrestle Kingdom 10 that New Japan stars AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows had informed the company that they would be finishing up with them to go to WWE. As speculation runs wild, WWE.com have reported the story themselves – adding some legitimacy to the signings.
“The sports-entertainment world has been buzzing this week with speculation that WWE has signed four massive international Superstars. Numerous media outlets reported Monday that AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson and Luke “Doc” Gallows — most recently of New Japan Pro Wrestling — are in negotiations to compete under the WWE banner. The office of WWE COO and EVP of Talent Relations Triple H declined to comment on the rumors for WWE.com. Reports began circulating late Sunday that all four had reportedly given their notices to New Japan management. Fueling the rumors that Styles, Nakamura, Anderson and Gallows were WWE-bound was a series of tweets involving reigning NXT Champion Finn Bálor.”
The site also begins to tease the idea that Styles, Nakamura, Anderson and Gallows are coming in to be part of a Bullet Club-style group with current NXT Champion Finn Balor.
“Until recently, Styles, Gallows and Anderson were all part of New Japan’s Bullet Club faction, a stable formerly led by Bálor when he wrestled in Japan under the alias Prince Devitt. For months, Bálor has made it clear that he’s still tight with the Bullet Club members, even tweeting photos of them wearing his “Bálor Club” T-shirts. On Monday, Bálor stirred the pot again, tweeting an image of Anderson sporting trunks that bore Finn’s “demon” design. Additionally, the official Twitter account for the Bullet Club tweeted the NXT Champion Monday, telling him to keep more Bálor Club shirts on hand in case they need them. That tweet has since been deleted.”
Dave Melzter, of Wrestling Observer, noted that Styles will be the first to appear in WWE as Nakamura still has some dates to finish up with New Japan, and Anderson and Gallows have some Ring of Honor dates in January which they are not pulling out of. He also teased that Styles could show up in WWE as soon as Royal Rumble, which means he would bypass the usual NXT development system and jump straight to the main roster.