Karl Fredericks is no longer under contract with NJPW and is on the free agent market.
He announced today in a statement posted on Twitter that his contract expired today (August 1, 2022), and he decided to not re-sign with New Japan Pro Wrestling. He wrote the following:
“As of today August 1st I am no longer under contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling and I will not be re-signing with the company at this time. Though there is disappointment in the ending of this chapter I am grateful for the last four years traveling the world and growing with my best friends. I want to say thank you to the company for the opportunities and especially thank you to Shibata-San for believing in me and bringing me along his journey with the LA Dojo. Last but not least thank you to my fans and thank you to the NJPW fans for Your support over these years. I hope You will continue to support me along my path wherever that may lead.”
Fredericks broke into the wrestling business in 2015, having worked for several independent promotions, including All Pro Wrestling. In 2018, he started training at NJPW’s LA Dojo along with Clark Connors and Alex Coughlin. He went to Japan as a representative of the LA Dojo for the Young Lion Cup tournament in 2019 where he won it. He later teamed with Hirooki Goto for the World Tag League that same year.
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In 2020, Karl competed in the inaugural New Japan Cup USA tournament but lost to KENTA in the first round. Last June, Fredericks unsuccessfully challenged Tom Lawlor for the Strong Openweight Championship. His last NJPW match happened on the May 15th episode of NJPW Strong, where he defeated AEW’s QT Marshall.