WWE recently surprised everyone when Dragon Lee revealed he had signed with the company after winning the AAA Tag Team Championships, but recent reports have suggested this is the first in a series of free-agent signings. A new report from Conflicting selection could give us a big clue as to who one of those signings will be as it says WWE is interested in New Japan Pro-Wrestling star Hikuleo. Hikuleo will soon take part in a loser leaves Japan match against Jay White, but the report states that there is no known connection between that match and Hikuleo leaving NJPW and heading to WWE, and it’s not even known when the contract of Hikuleo expires.
The report states that WWE has been internally interested in Hikuleo for months, but also Staes that they have not been notified whether or not WWE and Hikuleo have been in contact. However, they were told that the situation is similar to when Finn Balor helped bring in Dragon Lee, and that intermediaries have been used in many cases to show interest in the talent.
It remains to be seen if Hikuleo will eventually join WWE, but WrestleVotes recently said WWE is hopeful that Lee’s signing is the start of a major wave of talent coming to the company. On Twitter, WrestleVotes wrote, “I’m told WWE is hopeful that the signing of Dragon Lee is just the beginning of ‘high-profile’ talent agreeing to terms of the company. Hearing Triple H and crew have expectations to name other names from high quality in early 2023.”
There are some big free agents that could be in the game in the first half of 2023, including Kenny Omega, FTR, Brian Cage, Jordynne, Grace and Moose, and while it seems unlikely that some of them will leave their current companies, it is there’s always the chance that one or two will jump to WWE for the first time. In the case of FTR, they would try to get back into the business and get the run that fans never really saw come to fruition the first time around.
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