Karl Fredericks makes his NXT debut at live event in Florida

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Former New Japan Pro Wrestling talent Karl Fredericks made his debut for NXT at a live event on Friday night.

After Axiom defeated Oro Mensah in the show opener at Fort Pierce, Fredericks made his way to the ring.

He faced off with Axiom before dropping his microphone and walking away.


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Fredericks announced that he was no longer under contract with NJPW back in August 2022. The 32-year-old joined the New Japan Dojo in 2018, three years into his career. He got his start wrestling on the independent scene in Northern California.

In 2019, he won the Young Lion Cup in a competition including Shota Umino, Ren Narita, Alex Coughlin, Clark Connors, Yota Tsuji, Michael Richards, and Yuya Uemura.

Mike Johnson of PWInsider first reported on January 10th that Fredericks had signed with WWE and begun reporting to the Performance Center.

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