News On Kota Ibushi Joining WWE

The impending launch of WWE's Cruiserweight Division and The Cruiserweight Classic has fans wondering if various indy wrestlers, such as Kota Ibushi, would be joining the WWE soon enough.

For Ibushi, it does not look like he is not signing with the company at this point, but officials still want him around in NXT. He is still currently scheduled to work SummerSlam weekend, indicating a likely appearance at the "Takeover: Back To Brooklyn" event, and will likely be brought in periodically. This may be WWE's way of continuing to use Ibushi and show him that they want him there. 

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According to PWInsider, WWE has started reaching out to some of The Cruiserweight Classic competitors for the purpose of signing them to the new division. Those talents are being told that they will start in September.

In NJPW, he is a former three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and a one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. He resigned from NJPW back in February after recovering from a herniated cervical disc and had been wrestling in various companies, not signed exclusively to any of them. As of this writing, Ibushi is in quarter-finals of The Cruiserweight Classic, defeating Sean Maluta and Cedric Alexander in the first and second rounds, respectively.

As for other wrestlers WWE might try and sign, it is rumored that they are interested in Cedric Alexander and Roderick Strong. Maluta also wrestled on the August 3 episode of NXT, losing to a returning Hideo Itami.

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