– WWE’s contracts with WWE Champion AJ Styles, United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are all set to expire early next year, according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. All four competitors signed three-year deals with WWE in early 2016, and in the case of Styles and Nakamura, their respective deals expire in January.
Meltzer noted that New Japan Pro Wrestling has “absolute interest” in bringing Nakamura back to the company. Nakamura’s name value has increased dramatically since his WWE debut and NJPW is looking to appeal to a wider audience.
During an interview in March, Styles was asked if will stay with WWE after his initial contract expires.
“I don’t see why not if I can do what I do,” Styles said. “Like, if I can still be AJ Styles, then I would like to keep working in the WWE in a talent form. So as long as I can keep going, then I would like to keep working there.”
– Tuesday marked the five-year anniversary of the NXT Women’s Championship, with Paige becoming the inaugural champion on the July 24, 2013 episode of NXT.
In this video interview, Paige celebrates the five-year anniversary of the NXT Women’s Title by remembering her historic inaugural championship reign.
– Roderick Strong celebrated his birthday on Friday as the NXT Superstar turned 35 years old.