WWE Star Karl Anderson of The O.C. competed at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 17 Event last January 4 when he defended the NEVER Openweight Championship against Tama Tonga. Fightful Select reports that AJ Styles did have a plan to travel to Japan and support his O.C. partner in his matchup against Tonga, but The Phenomenal One never did end up going to Japan and appear at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 17 because Styles suffered a broken ankle and couldn’t travel.
The report also stated that Luke Gallows did not travel to Japan either, but this was a NJPW call and it did lead to a ton of additional coverage for both companies. Anderson ended up losing the title to Tama Tonga, but there is no word yet on if this could lead to more NJPW appearances for Karl Anderson down the road.