More NJPW / WWE Buzz, Steph Teases Mania Match, Punk’s First Fight, NXT Awards

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WWE Continues To Hype NJPW Stars

WWE continues to play in to the hype regarding NJPW stars jumping to the company. A new article asks NXT trainer Matt Bloom (Tensai) his thoughts:

It’s about time. WWE is the largest platform in the world to do what those guys love to do. They deserve to be here because they paid their dues, they worked really hard, and they made names for themselves. The best of the best come here to flourish. They’re gonna take all those years of experience, hard work and dedication, and now show it to the world on an even grander scale.

You hear the boss always say, “You need to reach for that brass ring.” The Bullet Club do things outside the box to continually reach for that brass ring. They’re not afraid to buck the system and be different. They’re not afraid of trying new things. The fans, the locker room, and us as coaches are very excited to see what The Bullet Club might do.

Finn Balor re-tweeted the following fan graphic:

Meanwhile in a interview with the UK Independent Dean Ambrose discussed AJ Styles possibly coming in:

I hadn’t heard about AJ coming in so that’s really cool. I think NXT has opened up the doors for a lot of guys to come in and create different opportunities. In North America there aren’t too many big places to go, so you find that pretty much all of the best talent in the world ends up filtering through WWE. It’s a very exciting time.

Stephanie McMahon Training For Mania

Giving rise to speculation that she’ll actually be getting physical, Stephanie McMahon shared a photo of herself “training for Wrestlemania”:

CM Punk’s Opponent To Be Decided

UFC President Dana White has revealed how CM Punk’s first MMA opponent will be decided. He tells TSN:

I’m bringing Mickey Gall in and he’s going to fight a kid named Michael Jackson. They’re going to fight on the prelims on February 6th on Fight Pass and if he wins that fight, Mickey Gall will fight CM Punk and CM Punk will be there at the fight to watch.

Punk’s debut fight is tentatively booked for July 9th at UFC 200.

NXT 2015 Year End Awards

Last night’s episode of NXT saw Carmella win a Battle Royal to earn the Number One Contendership against Bayley.

The show also saw the “Year End Awards”:

Tag Team of the Year:
Enzo & Cass

Female Competitor of the Year:

Male Competitor of the Year:
Finn Balor

NXT TakeOver of the Year:
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn

Match of the Year:
Bayley vs. Sasha (NXT TakeOver: Brookyln)

Overall Competitor of the Year:
Finn Balor