Well…this is really unexpected news!
This is absolutely HUGE. Hell, I don’t remember the last time the WWE acknowledged a wrestler that’s never been in under contract for them. Their willingness to pluck an International icon for their developmental’s biggest show of the year is unprecedented.
The move is brilliant because the NXT roster is heavily depleted with the injuries of Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami. Liger is a huge name with instant credibility that’s going to be treated like absolute royalty by the Brooklyn crowd.
It looks like he’ll be facing Tyler Breeze, which should make for an excellent match.
This is a bit of a blow for Ring of Honor’s show, Field of Honor, that’s being held that very night. Still, ROH has superior Japanese talent scheduled for their card – including Shinsuke Nakamura. Plus, there’s rumblings that their working on changing the card to compete with Takeover. Maybe this is the move that makes that happen.