They went for it. WWE is the biggest and most successful wrestling company in the world with no one really coming close to them. Well at least not worldwide. New Japan Pro Wrestling dominates their area of the world and offers a rather different kind of wrestling with its own incredibly talented roster. As you might have guessed, WWE is making a play for some of that talent.

According to Tokyo Sports by way of, WWE reached out to New Japan’s Tetsuya Naito about coming to the company but were quickly turned down. Naito said that he was already on the world’s number one stage and that he didn’t give the move a thought. The meeting was said to have taken place at some point after New Japan’s Dominion event in June with Naito being one of at least three names that WWE went after. All of them are said to have turned WWE down.

In case you don’t know Naito.

Top 10 Moves of Tetsuya Naito

Opinion: Fair enough. Even if they had no chance of getting these guys signed, you can’t blame WWE for taking a shot at them. Maybe things will change in the future and these guys will want to come over, but for now it doesn’t seem to be happening. If Naito and whoever else they wanted are happy, good for them. Not everyone needs to come to WWE and there’s no reason for them to shake things up if they don’t want to.

Do you want to see Naito come over? Who else should WWE go after? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Smackdown Reviews.

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