WWE News: Update on AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura Heading to WWE

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) stars AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura are reportedly headed to WWE's main roster rather than starting at NXT, according to F4WOnline (via Wrestlezone).

It was reported by Court Bauer of MLW Radio yesterday that Nakamura, 35, Styles, 38, and Bullet Club members Doc Gallows,32, and Karl Anderson, 35, all gave their notices to NJPW and were signing with WWE.

F4WOnline's report adds that both Styles and Nakamura will be signing lucrative contracts with WWE, so they will likely skip NXT and head to the main roster. However, it's possible for both men to wrestle in a few NXT matches just to get the acclimated.

At NJPW's Dash event, the company ran an angle in which the Bullet Club turned on AJ Styles.
Not only was Styles kicked out of the Bullet Club, he proceeded to give a farewell to the Japanese fans. Wrestling News adds that Styles is not advertised for any Ring of Honor (ROH) shows. Since leaving Total Nonstop Action (TNA) in 2014, the two most notable promotions Styles wrestled for were NJPW and ROH.

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There is speculation that Styles could be one of the 30 entrants in the Royal Rumble this year, but that is not confirmed.

Also, current NJPW star and former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega defeated Nakamura in a tag team on the same night. Thus, it sets up an exit strategy for Nakamura as he can drop his IWGP Intercontinental Title to Omega -- who is getting a "pretty big push" with NJPW, per Wrestlezone. 

Known as the "King of Strong Style," Nakamura has been with NJPW since 2002. During his near decade-and-a-half stint with the company, Nakamura can boast a myriad of accolades. Those accolades include three reigns as IWGP Heavyweight Champion, five reigns as IWGP Intercontinental Champion, a one-time IWGP Tag Team Champion (with Hiroshi Tanahashi), and more.

Since Nakamura is a current titleholder, he will likely lose his championship first before debuting with WWE.

Mark Suleymanov

Sports Journalist.