After making his return to AEW on the November 18th edition of Rampage, it has been announced that Konosuke Takeshita has signed with All Elite Wrestling.
On Rampage, Takeshita teamed with Jun Akiyama to see off Eddie Kingston and Ortiz. The match was the Japanese star’s first on AEW television since August when he defeated Ryan Nemeth.
Konosuke Takeshita To Speak Ahead Of AEW Full Gear
Just 24-hours after his comeback, AEW boss Tony Khan announced that Konosuke Takeshita is All Elite. Furthermore, he will address fans on Zero Hour ahead of AEW Full Gear.
It's official! Congratulations @Takesoup, you are All Elite!
After signing his AEW contract + winning again last night on Friday Night #AEWRampage on @TNTdrama, we'll hear from Konosuke Takeshita on
AEW Zero Hour moments before the annual #AEWFullGear ppv LIVE worldwide TONIGHT! pic.twitter.com/5r2GaFpeB8
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) November 19, 2022
Konosuke Takeshita first appeared with AEW back in April and tangled with some of the best that the company has to offer. Although he may not have emerged with wins in his most high-profile bouts, Takeshita still pushed Jon Moxley, Hangman Adam Page and Claudio Castagnoli all the way. But he did sign off with a win, defeating Ryan Nemeth on Dark: Elevation.
Speaking back in August the star said that he was hoping to return to the United States in October. During the interview he also said that he wasn’t interested in a move to WWE, despite speculation linking him with the company.
While Konosuke Takeshita might be a new name to Western audiences, he found a tremendous amount of success in his native Japan before ever arriving in AEW.
Upon joining DDT Pro Wrestling he was tipped as the future of the company, before becoming the youngest-ever KO-D Openweight Champion in history.
AEW Full Gear is set to take place on November 19th, and the event is scheduled to be headlined by the AEW World Title match between champion Jon Moxley and MJF. The card is also due to host Saraya’s first match in five years. The former WWE star hasn’t wrestled since December 2017 when she suffered a second serious neck injury.
As a result she was later forced to retire from in-ring competition. Elsewhere, The Elite will take on Death Triangle for the World Trios Title in their first AEW appearance since being suspended following All Out in September.