When WWE trimmed their roster back in September of last year after the Endeavor deal closed, the most buzzed-about name on the cut list was Dolph Ziggler’s. Since then he’s been mentioned as a possible target for American wrestling companies like AEW & Impact/TNA. Under his real name, Nic Nemeth, he announced some appearances for independent promotion. But free and clear from his WWE contract for the past couple weeks, he still hadn’t shown up on television.
Along with his brother, AEW’s Ryan Nemeth, “the most wanted man in professional wrestling” showed up on our screens today (Jan. 4). But it wasn’t in the U.S. It was in the Tokyo Dome at New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s biggest show, Wrestle Kingdom 18.
They arrived in time to watch NJPW Strong Openweight Tag champs Guerillas of Destiny (El Phantasmo & Hikuleo) beat Bishamon (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) to claim the IWGP Heavyweight Tag belts.
The Nemeths, who are sometimes known as the Hollywood Hunks, didn’t interact with either team afterwards. But it seems unlikely they flew to Japan, put on suits, and got the VIP treatment from New Japan unless they’ll be doing some more business for the company in the future.
Stay tuned, and get complete results from Wrestle Kingdom 18 here.
UPDATE: The Nemeths stayed in their seats for the IWGP Global championship Triple Threat, and after David Finlay beat Will Ospreay & Jon Moxley to become the first to carry the new belt, he decided to talk some trash to Nic. That led to a brawl that continued to the back.
So maybe a feud with Bullet Club’s leader is first for The Show-Off?