Former NJPW star has reportedly signed a contract with WWE for the NXT brand

According to Mike Johnson of, 32-year-old Karl Fredericks has signed a contract with WWE for the NXT brand and will be start training at the Performance Center in Orlando, FL this week. Fredericks left New Japan Pro Wrestling in August 2022 when his contract expired.

Back in the summer, Fredericks tweeted the following about his NJPW departure…

“I will not be re-signing with the company at this time. Though there is disappointment in the ending of this chapter I am grateful for the last four years traveling the world and growing with my best friends. I want to say thank you to the company for the opportunities and especially thank you to Shibata-San for believing in me and bringing me along his journey with the LA Dojo. Last but not least thank you to my fans and thank you to the NJPW fans for Your support over these years. I hope You will continue to support me along my path wherever that may lead.”