While in NXT, CJ Parker had a pretty forgetful career. The Moonchild spent the majority of his time there putting over other talents. However, he would find himself facing an interesting decision, and decided to bet on himself, leaving NXT for a shot on the indies.
In 2015, he would quickly find himself working in NJPW under the name Juice Robinson, where his stock would rise pretty quickly. Fast-forward three years later, and Robinson is the current IWGP United States Champion. With an impressive turn around in his career in such a short time, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to think that the WWE might want to bring him back into their fold.
That’s what the Wrestling Observer has reported, as Dave Meltzer himself said that the WWE is high on the idea of picking Robinson back up.
The company also has great interest in Juice Robinson. Robinson has started to appear the last few weeks as a cast member in Being the Elite, which seems to be the best avenue to raise the American profile for an independent wrestler. It didn’t work out for Robinson the first time he was there, but even then, in Dusty Rhodes’ interview classes he was considered the best.
His current profile is the biggest it’s ever been by far based off the reaction to his interviews and his recent matches, particularly the Cow Palace match with Jay White and the reaction it got. A number of New Japan regulars actually aren’t under contract, similar to A.J. Styles when he was there, so legally WWE can approach them without being tampered with. Others, it has to be more nuanced, but they are making plays right now.
With Juice Robinson having proved himself outside of the WWE, the company seems to believe now is the time to cash in on his appeal and ability. Would you like to see the IWGP US Champion jump to the WWE yet again?
(H/T to Cageside Seats for the transcription)