Report: KENTA not trying out for WWE, just working out at Performance Center

Photo of KENTA taken at a ROH event in NYC, 2007 - by The Doppelganger at en.wikipedia; Licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

A Japanese blog post seeks to dispel any rumors about the Pro Wrestling NOAH superstar joining WWE any time soon.

As our ace rumor reporter Eric B. Stephen told you earlier in the week, Japanese wrestler KENTA was in the Orlando, Florida area this week. It was logically presumed that his presence at WWE's Performance Center was a try-out or perhaps even a sign that he was already signed with the sports entertainment giant, and subsequent talk of him making an official announcement about his future next week had puroreso fans buzzing.

Now, a puro blog has posted what it says is a translation of comments by KENTA stating the he will not be joining WWE, and was in fact only in Florida to experience the Performance Center. The source for yottsume's news is not only in Japanese, but behind a pay wall (at Pro Wrestling Martial Arts_DX), so completely verifying its authenticity is beyond my abilities in a couple of different ways, but here's the post:

I am sorry for having you all confused over the various information about my visit in the US.

As a matter of fact, I am in the States and joining the WWE training. But as for now, it's not about getting a tryout or a contact.

It is indeed true that I have always been yearning for a spot in WWE, and I've always wanted to give it a try sometime. After all, you only live once. "I should have given it a try." "I should have chosen another way." I've had those regrets when I was in my middle and high school, and even after I got in to this business. I just did not want to regret later about something I haven't tried, so I used my time off to participate in the WWE workout. The executives were at the workout, so perhaps I may have left a mark.

The place is full of competition and hungry guys. It's not as simple as being good at Puroresu or having strength. There are so many guys with monster physique and guys who are way athletically superior to me. And even they don't get into the big league. That's how tough this place could be. I can easily imagine that surviving in this environment could be severe. And spending a few days in that environment became a really good experience for me.

I'm sorry to have caused the confusion, but one thing I can say for sure is that "I'm glad I came". I would like to work even harder making use of this experience.

And lastly, I would like to thank President Taue for letting me take this chance.

If true, it's a blow for hardcore fans hoping to see one of their heroes on WWE Network. Or is it a smokescreen to make his debut on NXT or a cruiserweights show a surprise? Also interesting to consider is whether this is a face saving announcement from someone Triple H and team passed on, or if he really was only interested in seeing how the biggest company in the industry does it.

Thoughts, puro fans?

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