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AEW announces signing of Konosuke Takeshita

We'll hear from Takeshita on the Zero Hour pre-show for Full Gear.

Update --

Konosuke Takeshita said during the Full Gear pre-show that he's honored to be All Elite and will be moving to the United States.


Konosuke Takeshita is officially All Elite.

In advance of tonight's Full Gear pay-per-view, Tony Khan posted a tweet announcing that Takeshita has signed an AEW contract. Khan added that we'll hear from Takeshita on tonight's Zero Hour pre-show for Full Gear.

Khan wrote: "It's official! Congratulations [Takeshita], you are All Elite! After signing his AEW contract + winning again last night on Friday Night #AEWRampage on @TNTdrama, we'll hear from Konosuke Takeshita on AEW Zero Hour moments before the annual #AEWFullGear ppv LIVE worldwide TONIGHT!"

Takeshita teamed with Jun Akiyama to defeat Eddie Kingston & Ortiz on Friday's Rampage. The match was Akiyama's AEW debut.

A singles match between Kingston and Akiyama will take place on Zero Hour tonight.

Takeshita, who wrestles for DDT in Japan, recently returned to the United States after shining for AEW during his last stint with the company.

DDT noted that they support Takeshita in his new challenge, and Takeshita will continue to work for both AEW and DDT.

Zero Hour begins at 7 p.m. Eastern time tonight. The PPV main card will then begin at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The full card for tonight's event is listed below:

Full Gear main card --

  • AEW World Champion Jon Moxley defends against MJF
  • Interim AEW Women's World Champion Toni Storm defends againstJamie Hayter
  • AEW Tag Team Champions The Acclaimed defend against Swerve In Our Glory
  • AEW Trios Champions Death Triangle defend against The Elite
  • ROH World Champion Chris Jericho defends against Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli, and Sammy Guevara in a four-way match
  • TNT Champion Wardlow defends against Samoa Joe and Powerhouse Hobbs in a triple threat match
  • TBS Champion Jade Cargill defends against Nyla Rose
  • Saraya vs. Britt Baker
  • Steel cage match: Jungle Boy vs. Luchasaurus
  • Sting & Darby Allin vs. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett

Zero Hour --

  • Jun Akiyama vs. Eddie Kingston
  • World title eliminator tournament semifinal match: Ricky Starks vs. Brian Cage
  • Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta, Chuck Taylor, Rocky Romero & Danhausen vs. The Factory (QT Marshall, Cole Karter, Nick Comoroto, Aaron Solo & Lee Johnson)
  • We'll hear from Konosuke Takeshita