Report: Ricochet Focused On NJPW

It does not look like the high-flying Ricochet will be landing in WWE.

A recent report in the Wrestling Observer newsletter indicated that Ricochet would remain on the New Japan Pro Wrestling roster for the near future. Ricochet, who also works for Lucha Underground under the character of Prince Puma, just won the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Titles in New Japan with Satoshi Kojima and David Finlay, Jr., defeating Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks.

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During an appearance on Steve Austin's podcast back in July, Ricochet said he still had unfinished business in NJPW.

"I really want to be IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion," Ricochet said on the podcast. "I've challenged for it twice and I've yet to win, but I want to do that. There [are] a couple of things I want to do. Now my goal, I would like to be in the WWE one day. NXT, wherever, but there [are] still a couple of things I want to do. Like, Lucha [Underground]'s still going really well. It's still going really great."

Ricochet added, "so there's really not a goal. Just, I guess, have fun, be safe, save as much money as I can. That's because I've got a seven-year-old son right now, so I'm trying to save up for his future. So, I think that's mostly the goal right now."

Ricochet won New Japan's Best of the Super Juniors tournament in 2014, and teamed with Matt Sydal to win the Super Junior Tag Tournament last year. In addition to currently holding the NEVER six man titles, Ricochet also is a former two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag champion with Sydal. He looks to go for a third reign as the juniors tag champs; he and Finlay challenged the current champs, the Young Bucks, to a title match at the Destruction in Kobe event.

As Prince Puma, he also became the first Lucha Underground Heavyweight Champion.


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