DALLAS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- WWE has signed Japanese wrestling sensation Shinsuke Nakamura to be a part of the company's NXT brand.
WWE confirmed the news Wednesday after playing a video hyping Nakamura which was played during an NXT taping in Orlando, Fla.
A world-renowned competitor, the 35-year-old Nakamura has been one of New Japan Pro Wrestling's biggest stars for over a decade having become a three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion and five-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion in the process.
"Nakamura, a 14-year veteran of the squared circle, has been a leading star in the New Japan promotion since 2002," WWE said in a statement. "Renowned for his striking and submission ability, as well as his unorthodox charisma, Nakamura's devastating Bomaye knee strike has felled many opponents and his smash mouth style has earned him the nickname The King of Strong Style."
Rumors began to swirl that Nakamura and Bullet Club members A.J. Styles, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows were set to join the organization following their matches at Wrestle Kingdom 10, New Japan Pro Wrestling's biggest event.
A.J Styles has since made his debut in WWE during Sunday's Royal Rumble to much fanfare. Nakamura is set to have his first match against NXT stalwart Sami Zayn during the April 1 NXT Takeover Dallas, that takes place during WrestleMania weekend.