The WWE had a huge contract signing over the weekend in Japan when they inked Japanese legend KENTA to a contract to compete for their NXT brand. KENTA did an interview on Monday with the Puroresu Spirit about signing with the WWE. In the interview, he talked about being in the ring with Hulk Hogan and starting at the bottom of the WWE ladder.
In the interview, he said that the contract signing itself made him very nervous. While it was in front of his home country fans, it was also in the ring with WWE Hall of Fame legend Hulk Hogan and “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. KENTA said that he was very nervous and was simply attempting to keep his composure during the contract signing. The biggest cause of nerves was because h was in the ring with Hulk Hogan, which made the moment even more special.
As for the fact that one of the biggest stars in Japan will have to start his WWE career at the bottom, competing in the developmental NXT territory, KENTA said that he understands and doesn’t mind. Instead of complaining about being put down at NXT instead of being brought on to the WWE main roster, KENTA said that he still has to work on his English and that is what he is now working on harder than almost anything else.
One of the other questions about signing with the WWE involves his name. The WWE likes to own the names of their stars and usually changes a wrestler’s name when they enter into a WWE contract. An example is Tyler Black becoming Seth Rollins and El Generico becoming Sami Zayn. KENTA said there is a possibility that the WWE will change his name and he doesn’t mind. However, the question remains about whether the WWE wants to cash in on his already famous name or not.
KENTA said that he is ready to start his WWE career and is already getting his residence in Florida, where NXT is located. He did say that he knows he may have to change his in-ring style to a more WWE friendly style but he is ready to work and will do his best to adapt to his new environment.