Contracted WWE star set to perform at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17 event

As previously noted, Karl Anderson commented on his status with New Japan Pro Wrestling as the NEVER Openweight champion now that he has returned to WWE by saying “I’m keeping this title and never giving it back.”

According to Mike Johnson of, it’s believed that WWE and NJPW have come to terms on an agreement for Anderson to wrestle at the Wrestle Kingdom 17 event on January 4th. If this happens, it will be the first time a contracted WWE star performed at NJPW’s biggest event of the year. Johnson wrote the following…

“ is told that Anderson had long figured into NJPW’s plans for the event even before The Good Brothers returned to WWE and that the two sides were able to come to terms to keep NJPW’s creative plans in place. We are told that Anderson will have a ‘strong role’ at the Dome show in a singles bout.”

Meanwhile, Anderson is scheduled to defend his title against Hikuelo on December 14th.