WWE looking to make a big move.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE attempted to purchase Pro Wrestling NOAH, but the deal didn't go through. Meltzer reports that WWE is trying to start NXT Japan and as part of the process, they have talked to multiple companies and attempted to buy some of those companies. NOAH was the only name Meltzer specifically mentioned, but he also noted that no deal has gone through with any company at the moment.
Meltzer goes on to report that WWE is looking to hire "big names" to be the head trainer for NXT Japan. No names were given.
Pro Wrestling NOAH was founded in 2000 and has housed top wrestlers such as Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, Naomichi Marufuji, KENTA and more. NOAH currently has a working agreement with Major League Wrestling and has shown a willingness to work with IMPACT Wrestling.
WWE first expanded the NXT brand to the United Kingdom with NXT UK, which softly launched in December 2016 with the announcement of the WWE United Kingdom Title tournament. In October 2018, NXT UK became a weekly television program on WWE Network. Along with the NXT UK brand, WWE established a Performance Center at the Great Cambridge Industrial Estate in Enfield, London in January 2019.
Fightful will provide more details on the potential launch of NXT Japan when more information is known.