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WWE: Possible New Japanese Signing

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While I have yet to get this confirmed with anyone here in the U.S., word out of Japan is that Kenzo Suzuki has been offered a three year deal with World Wrestling Entertainment, presumably to work on the Smackdown brand.

Suzuki, a former Rugby player (actually, he was a star in that sport) who debuted for New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2000 amidst great fanfare, left New Japan in January of this year to work for his mentor Riki Choshu in World Japan. However, Suzuki’s career has taken some unusual turns since then, and at one point it was rumored that he was considering retirement. On June 18, 2003, he wrestled on an NWA:TNA PPV broadcast, fighting Perry Saturn to a no contest.

On October 21st, Suzuki, who stands at a legit 6’3″, defeated Chad Wicks in a dark match at the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Raw taping, and on October 22nd defeated Bobby Rude in a dark match at the Smackdown taping in Albany, New York.  Again, while I have yet to get an official confirmation from anyone within WWE, word out of Japan is that Suzuki has earned himself a contract offer.