A former NJPW wrestler could be on their way to WWE.
PWInsider reported on Wednesday that Karl Fredericks was spotted at the WWE Performance Center earlier this week. The report didn't confirm whether Fredericks has joined WWE.
"Karl Fredericks, who exited New Japan Pro Wrestling this past August when his contract expired, was seen at the PC earlier this week," PWInsider wrote.
Fredericks last wrestled for NJPW this May. In a statement posted on social media in August, Fredericks announced his departure from the promotion:
As of today August 1st I am no longer under contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling and 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.
Fredericks started with NJPW as a Young Lion at their LA Dojo. He graduated from the Young Lion system in 2020.
It was announced this June that Fredericks would be teaming with Christopher Daniels in the NJPW Strong Tag Team title tournament, but Fredericks ended up being replaced by Yuya Uemura.
Fredericks posted a tweet in June expressing frustration over not being included in NJPW's G1 Climax: "Last thing I’m even going to entertain with a voice rn as far as professional wrestling goes is that @njpwglobal doesn’t deserve Karl Fredericks."