KENTA receives WWE performance center tryout

Is KENTA WWE bound? - Photo by The Doppelganger of Wikimedia Commons.

According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Pro Wrestling NOAH's top star KENTA was at the WWE performance center on Sunday in order to receive a company tryout. Yes, the guy CM Punk stole his Go 2 Sleep finisher from.

According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, later confirmed by Bryan Alvarez of f4wonline.com, Japanese star KENTA was at the WWE performance center on Sunday in order to receive a company tryout.

To American fans, KENTA would be best known for his guest appearances in Ring Of Honor where he tore the house down in thrilling singles matches with the likes of Low Ki, Bryan Danielson, Davey Richards, Matt Sydal and Mitsuharu Misawa amongst others.

He's also the originator of the Go 2 Sleep and Busaiku Knee Kick moves that CM Punk and Daniel Bryan currently use as their finishes in WWE.

In Japan, he's been Pro Wrestling NOAH's most popular junior heavyweight of the last decade and over the last few years months was gradually elevated to being their top singles star too, due to the death of Misawa, the forced retirement of Kenta Kobashi from a whole host of injuries and the departure of Jun Akiyama and Go Shiozaki to All Japan Pro Wrestling.

That KENTA is seeking a job with WWE is a sign of how much NOAH has shrunk as a promotion since its peak in the mid 2000s, which has been left spinning from the loss of network TV and scandal over their heavy handed treatment of Kobashi's exit from the promotion.

For WWE, KENTA would be a very odd fit indeed. He turns 33 in March, torn his ACL twice, can't speak the language, is very small by the standards of who they hire and his in ring style is full of stiff kicks and dangerous suplexes that he wouldn't be allowed to use in their rings.

Moreover, given that The American Wolves got turned down for jobs by Triple H very recently, who are very similar in substance and stature, it's very hard to see KENTA getting hired. However, it's not out of the question, given Tajiri's successful mid-card run in WWE from May 2001-December 2005.

What do you think, Cagesiders? Would you be excited at the prospects of KENTA joining WWE.

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