The times are a changin’.
Jushin “Thunder” Liger, one of the most popular Japanese wrestlers of all-time, is finally making his WWE debut.
Liger will be competing at NXT: TakeOver in Brooklyn, NY, which takes place on Aug. 22. The event, which happens to be one night before WWE SummerSlam, will be broadcast live on the WWE Network. NXT general manager Steven Regal made the announcement during NXT television tapings this past Thursday.
The 50-year-old superstar has never wrestled a match for Vince McMahon during his illustrious career, which began in 1984. “Thunder” has appeared in numerous promotions such as WCW, TNA Wrestling, NJPW, and Ring of Honor.
Speaking of ROH, the indie promotion will be in Brooklyn on the same night, and the Wrestling Observer notes this is a huge political move on NJPW’s part. ROH’s Field of Honor, which takes place at MCU Park on Aug. 22, features a few NJPW superstars such as IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura and IWGP Junior Heavyweight champ KUSHIDA.
NXT, on the other hand, has brought in a number of wrestling veterans as of late, including Samoa Joe, Brian Kendrick, and Rhyno, to name a few. Will we be seeing more names added to NXT in the coming weeks?
Liger is rumored to be facing Tyler Breeze at the event, which also features a rematch for the NXT Championship pitting champion Finn Balor against Kevin Owens, and Sasha Banks against Bayley for the NXT Women’s title.
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