Sean Waltman Recalls Nearly Signing With NJPW Before WWE


Sean “X-Pac” Waltman recently appeared on Dr. Beau Hightower’s YouTube channel to discuss a variety of topics, including the time he almost signed with NJPW prior to joining WWE back in 1993. He said,

“Sgt. Slaughter called me, and he even said, ‘Hey, this is Sgt. Slaughter from the World Wrestling Federation. I figured it was him, but somehow I spaced out the part where he said World Wrestling Federation. He’s like, ‘Yeah, we’re having TV tapings the day after WrestleMania,’ and I’m still not putting two and two together. Finally, he goes, ‘Yeah, we want to bring you in,’ and finally it hits me, and I go, ‘Oh, my god!’”


He continued, “I had a tryout at WCW probably a year earlier, and it was great. It was great. I had a great match. I would have gotten hired, but they switched bosses the next day, very next day. So yeah, I wasn’t their idea, so I wasn’t coming in. So I was kind of bummed out a little bit. New Japan finally was going to bring me in. As soon as New Japan hires me, WWE calls me. So, I had a couple of different choices there.”

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