WWE Crossover with New Japan Officially Announced

While WWE has repopulated this list with dozens of well-known names over the past few months, few have been as newsworthy as Karl Anderson. The Machine Gun returned to WWE earlier this fall alongside tag partner Luke Gallows to reunite with AJ Styles in his fight against The Judgment Day. Anderson’s return came after he completed his Impact Wrestling responsibilities, but while in the midst of his New Japan Pro Wrestling run as he currently reigns as NJPW NEVER Openweight Champion. While New Japan has offered Anderson ultimatums, he has refused to relinquish the championship and has a scheduled defense against Hikuleo at NJPW Battle Fall earlier this month.

That missed defense was due to the fact that Fight against autumn ran the same day as WWE crown jewel. Now it looks like Anderson has cleared his schedule for an upcoming December show.

“New Japan Pro Wrestling, the greatest NEVER Openweight champion of all time here,” Anderson said in a Instagram video. “You know what? Regarding the NEVER Openweight Championship, I spoke to my booking agent.”

“On behalf of Machine Gun ventures, on behalf of Bullet Club, on behalf of, let’s face it, we’re full-fledged WWE guys now, on behalf of Monday Night Raw’s OC, as promised, I’m looking at data here,” added Gallows. “December 14 , machine gun Karl Anderson along with his heater, The Big LG, we are coming to Japan. He will defend, live and in person, you don’t want to miss it, the New Japan Pro Wrestling NEVER Openweight Championship.”

December 14 is the final of New Japan’s World Tag League, a fall tournament that started earlier today. The World Tag League is a well-known event for the Good Brothers, as Anderson and Gallows won the tournament in 2013. Anderson has notably won the tournament three times.

NJPW has been Anderson’s wrestling home for over a decade. He debuted with the Far East promotion in 2008 and was prominent as a member of Bullet Club before leaving for WWE in 2016. Anderson returned to NJPW in 2021 where he rejoined Bullet Club.

During that first NJPW stint, Anderson was part of two different Bullet Club eras as he saw the faction led by both Prince Devitt (Finn Balor) and Styles. Styles has had success in New Japan himself, as he is a former two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion. The Phenomenal One even made a cameo in Anderson’s Instagram announcement video.

“I think it’s too sweet,” Styles said.

Anderson will defend his NEVER Openweight title against an unknown opponent on December 14.

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