A day before the company is expected to eliminate a lot of jobs, WWE has come to terms on the release of Ricardo Rodriguez, who stated that the decision belonged to him. The former manager of Alberto Del Rio reiterated that he wanted to be an in ring performer again. Rodriguez had been training in developmental in hopes that management would finally give him a chance. When that opportunity appeared dismal, he opted to move on to the next chapter of his career.
July 30, 2014
With his in ring career fully behind him now, Tensai has been slowly gaining power backstage in WWE. He impressed management with his ability to function as a color commentator. Now, he has convinced them to let him have a bigger part in the company by training the developmental wrestlers. WWE likes the fact that Tensai has worked overseas and is familiar with a lot of different styles of wrestling.
July 26, 2014
Over the last couple of months, there have been plenty of rumors in regards to WWE signing international star Prince Devitt to a contract. Things heated up even more when he left New Japan. Things died down a bit when no announcement was made, but it looks like the rumor mills are heating up again. Reports are surfacing that the deal has now been reached, and he should be showing up to developmental soon.
July 23, 2014
One the things that made Kenta Kobayashi so famous in Japan was his diverse moves set. Unfortunately, though, a lot of his signature maneuvers cannot e utilized in WWE. His Go 2 Sleep finisher is commonly associated with CM Punk nowadays. His knee finisher and submission move are both being used by Daniel Bryan. The belief is that WWE will have him come up with new moves in developmental.
July 20, 2014
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
While he has already said his farewell to Ring of Honor fans, Kevin Steen is reportedly not under contract to WWE just yet. Word has it that he has yet to complete the medical testing that the company requires all new performers to undergo before signing a deal. If there are any lingering injuries, then there is a chance that Steen might not be picked up by the WWE developmental program.
July 16, 2014
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
When LeiD Tapa was released by TNA back in March, there were rumors that she might be a candidate to join the WWE developmental program. However, the company has shown very little interest thus far. In fact, she has not even been invited for a tryout yet. While some are citing her lack of experience, which she is trying to fix by working with OVW, many are pointing out that WWE has had no qualms with signing female performers who have absolutely no experience in the wrestling industry before.
July 8, 2014
Many were under the impression that WWE was not interested in signing Rosita, as nothing took place after she did tryouts with the company. However, there are rumors floating around that management might have had a change of heart. Many see her appearances as an entourage of Adam Rose recently as a sign that WWE will be offering her a developmental contract soon.
July 3, 2014
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Bo Dallas had gotten married. Now, the identity of the bride has been discovered. It's Sarah Backman, a former WWE developmental diva. She's more known to the world as one of the top female arm wrestlers of all time. Sarah requested her release from the company a couple of months back after having quite the lackluster tenure in the developmental program.
June 28, 2014
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Michelle McCool had visited the WWE Performance Center to help train some of the developmental divas. That led to speculations that Undertaker was there as well. Contrary to the rumors, he was not there. The legendary performer has largely stayed away from the business since his match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30.
June 26, 2014
While she still has every intention of being a stay at home mother and wife, Michelle McCool decided to get out of the house on Monday. She made a visit to the WWE Performance Center. No word yet on why she was there this time around, but she has been known to drop in and help do a little training with the developmental divas. Her appearances always spark rumors of a return to WWE, so don't be surprised if the chatter increases over the next few days.
June 24, 2014
After suffering a massive drop a couple of weeks ago, WWE stock started rising this past week. Many within the company attribute that to the release of several wrestlers. That has caused a lot of fear backstage because performers feel that Vince McMahon could take that as a sign for him to release several more people. Rumors are circulating that a lot of developmental wrestlers will be released soon.
June 17, 2014
While Eddie Guerrero and Vickie Guerrero both became big stars for WWE, their daughter Shaul Guerrero was simply not able to follow in their footsteps. After being released twice from the company's developmental program, she has decided to take a different career path. Shaul has signed up for veterinarian school and has reportedly started attending classes for that.
June 16, 2014
Even though the mask has been designed and ordered, it looks like Tyson Kidd might not be doing that gimmick after all. Some were pushing for him to receive a new character and push on the main roster because of his long tenure with WWE. However, others are against the idea and want him to remain in WWE NXT to work with the developmental wrestlers.
June 12, 2014
While there is some sadness to every release today, the departure of Yoshi Tatsu has to be bothering several people left in WWE. He was well liked backstage, as he never got involved in any of the political stuff in the locker room. Tatsu kept a positive attitude since being removed from the main roster. He put in a lot of time and effort into improving himself in developmental, so he could get another chance to work Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Unfortunately, though, it was not enough for WWE.
June 12, 2014
After being robbed of an opportunity work a match at Wrestlemania 29, Brodus Clay focused his energy on trying to ensure that he was not going to miss Wrestlemania 30. WWE was not pleased with him telling the fans about his angst about being removed from the card at the last minute, so he was demoted to the developmental program. Today, Clay received his release from the company.
June 12, 2014
During a recent interview, Gail Kim was asked about retirement. The TNA Knockout stated that she was not quite sure when that would be, but she did reveal that she wanted to be a trainer once that happens. Some might believe that she would return to WWE to work in their developmental territory, but with the way she left the company, there might still be some backstage heat towards her.
June 11, 2014
While a lot of independent wrestlers are hoping for just a chance to do a tryout with WWE, Cody Hall is on the other side of the fence. The son of Scott Hall has turned down the company several times, stating that he does not want to join their developmental program until he establishes himself on the indies and internationally. Hall wants to achieve things on his own merit.
June 5, 2014
Rumors have it that WWE has been signing some of the best international talent to their developmental program. Names like Kevin Steen, Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi have surfaced as potential candidates to join the company later on this year. Unfortunately, though, WWE will not be bringing in Sarita, long considered one of the best international female performers in the business. She received a tryout with the company back in March but no contract has been offered.
June 4, 2014
Since he has opted to leave New Japan, a lot of rumors have been swirling that Prince Devitt had signed a contract with WWE. Some have even suggested that he will start the developmental program this summer. However, the international star recently denied those rumors during an interview. He stated that he has not signed with WWE or TNA. Devitt claimed that he was simply relaxing at home at the moment.
June 4, 2014
To the average WWE fan, Adam Pearce is not a household name, but to those in the industry, however, he's definitely a familiar face. The longtime independent wrestling star was spotted backstage at Payback 2014. The belief is that he was a guest of the company, as he has been helping to train some of the developmental wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center.
June 2, 2014
If things go as planned, WWE could have themselves three new stars on the main roster by 2015. Prince Devitt, Kevin Steen and Kenta Kobayashi are rumored to have been signed to developmental contracts with the company. All three need work visas to be completed, but they're expected to start training before the summer ends. Devitt, Steen and Kobayashi are viewed as three of the top international stars available.
May 31, 2014
During the latest WWE NXT show, an interesting injury was revealed. Adrian Neville had four teeth knocked out of his mouth during a backstage segment with Brodus Clay, who has been down in developmental for several months now. Neville had dental surgery to repair the teeth and now wears a mouth guard during matches to prevent further damage.
May 31, 2014
"I was shown a package of things he's done and I was wondering if I could keep up in the ring with him. Once he gets here he'll not only already be established, but Superstars like myself will already have ideas in our head about things we can do with him. And that will make it that much better." - Dolph Ziggler praising WWE NXT developmental star Adrian Neville
May 30, 2014
"It's a fresh coat of paint, a whole new start and a way for the WWE Universe to see Tyson Kidd in a different light than they have for the first few years I've been on the main roster. I think they'll see a more complete package. I'm a constant work in progress, always working on every aspect to get better and better. You're always going to see a different Tyson Kidd. Not that I haven't been in the past, but I'm more motivated, focused and driven than ever before." - Tyson Kidd talking about his work with developmental wrestlers in WWE NXT
May 28, 2014
For those wondering about the status of Tyson Kidd within WWE, his new role has become a bit more clear within the company. Management likes having him work as an in ring trainer in developmental. The high flyer has been utilized in WWE NXT rather frequently. Triple H recently stated that he trusts Kidd in this role. Kidd might still be utilized on the main roster here and there, however.
May 28, 2014
During a conference call today, Triple H reminded everyone that there is a major difference between being on the main roster and being on the WWE NXT roster. The executive vice president stated that just because something works in developmental, it does not mean that it is guaranteed to work on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown.
May 28, 2014
In WWE, sometimes a good personality can help to combat backstage politics. JoJo Offerman appears to be doing that right now, as it has been rumored that management has been praising her for maintaining a good attitude and continuing to work hard down in developmental. Some felt that she would be resentful towards WWE for removing her from the main roster and from the Total Divas cast.
May 26, 2014
As a sign of how much the company values his overseas appeal, Sami Zayn was brought on the tour of Europe with the main roster. The developmental wrestler worked matches with Damien Sandow and was actually given the win. Zayn is starting to become a regular on these overseas tour, so it would not be a stretch to see WWE promoting him to Monday Night Raw soon.
May 25, 2014
While his name is not known to the majority of fans in the United States, people within the industry believe that Kota Ibushi is the best high flying wrestler in the business. The New Japan star has caught the attention of WWE. The company wants to sign the current IWGP Junior Champion and bring him overseas. Management has been pushing recently to bring an influx of new performers into the developmental program.
May 23, 2014
While the possibility looked bleak initially, it appears that WWE is set to sign Kevin Steen to a developmental contract. Optimism for his signing was not very high after he received a tryout with the company. However, someone in the WWE front office has convinced management to give the former ROH champion a chance, despite his physical appearance not being up to the company's standards.
May 19, 2014
The release of Danny Burch was not a really tough decision for WWE. Management viewed him as damage goods after he suffered a serious knee injury and required surgery. It also doesn't help that Burch was already 32 years of age. WWE has been wanting to move towards filling up their developmental program with younger performers.
May 12, 2014
The Samoan presence in WWE has just gotten a little bit stronger, as Savelina Fanene is now under a developmental contract with the company. She is related to the Rock and does have an athletic background. Savelina recently noted on Instagram that she had moved to Orlando, where she will be training for the next year at the WWE Performance Center.
May 10, 2014
It looks like Adam Rose is going to be leapfrogging other WWE stars this month, as the former developmental wrestler is penciled in for a match at Payback 2014. His pay per view debut is expected to be against Jack Swagger, whom he confronted during Monday Night Raw this past week. There are those backstage in WWE that feel that his character can get over with the live audience in Chicago.
May 10, 2014
As the naked picture of Lana is being spread around the internet, rumors are running rampant by WWE fans who have not seen the picture of the diva. Speculations are spreading wildly. The picture is from awhile back, well before Lana signed a developmental contract with WWE. While she does not have any clothes on in the picture, she is not completely nude.
May 6, 2014
It is no secret backstage that Triple H has been quite high on Roman Reigns since he was first signed to a developmental contract. WWE has started the big push for Reigns, and HHH is one of the biggest advocates of that move. The end result of the feud between the Shield and Evolution will see Reigns going over HHH big time at a pay per view.
May 5, 2014
It did not take long for Mason Ryan to find work. Days after being released from his developmental contract with WWE, he has now been signed to work a match for Pro Wrestling Syndicate in New Jersey in June. No word on what his future plans are, but there are rumors that he could attempt to be picked up by either TNA or Global Force Wrestling.
May 3, 2014
Since several wrestlers received a release from their developmental contracts earlier this week, the remaining performers are a bit nervous about their own status with WWE. Baron Corbin is one of those performers. He was recently given a gimmick change and a new valet in Shaul Guerrero. Since she has been released, there are concerns that he could be next to go.
May 3, 2014
When WWE announced a tournament to crown a new Women's Champion in their developmental program, one of the names brought up as a potential champion was Bayley. Management is very high on her, and the belief was that she would be receiving an opportunity to prove herself in a featured role. That will not be happening now since Bayley was eliminated from the tournament by Sasha Banks this week.
May 2, 2014
Yesterday, news broke out that Tough Enough was being brought back and being aired on the WWE Network. Now, some details are swirling around. Rumors have it that the company will be filming the series at the WWE Performance Center. Some of the lesser known developmental wrestlers like CJ Parker, Sylvester Lefort and Travis Tyler are also rumored to be a part of the show as well.
May 2, 2014
Now that he has been official released by WWE after spending months waiting in developmental, Ezekiel Jackson joins the long list of names of performers who are rumored to be joining Jeff Jarrett in his new Global Force Wrestling promotion. While Jackson isn't a big star, he does have some name value left, which would help GFW draw in a couple of people.
May 1, 2014
Last fall, WWE attempted to make something happen for two of their developmental wrestlers when they paired up Oliver Grey and Danny Burch in a new tag team. The act was very short lived, having only worked one televised match for WWE NXT. Management soon gave up on them. Earlier today, Grey had his contract terminated in a roster sweep.
April 30, 2014
Last month, it was reported that WWE was not very high on Danny Burch, as the developmental wrestler really had not made a ton of improvement while working on WWE NXT. He was relegated to being a role player, and there was a belief that a release would be in his future. Management decided today to terminate his contract.
April 30, 2014
Some things are just not meant to be. Shaul Guerrero will never follow her in the footsteps of her father and mother by being a star in WWE. The company released the developmental diva earlier today. She had been working on WWE NXT in a variety of roles. This is the second stint that has ended for Shaul. She initially signed a contract back in 2010.
April 30, 2014
It appears that the transition from being a world class arm wrestler to being a professional wrestler was not a successful one for Sarah Backman. She was released from her developmental contract with WWE today. Sarah had been with the company since March of 2013, but recently requested her release. She changed her name to Shara on WWE NXT earlier this year.
April 30, 2014
Earlier this week, William Regal was sent down to Brazil to scout some potential developmental talent for WWE. The former European champion attended wrestling events in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Regal has been gaining some power backstage over the last year, as he has seen his role as a talent scout and trainer grow quite a bit since his in ring career ended.
April 29, 2014
When WWE started airing videos on Monday Night Raw to tease the eventual arrival of Adam Rose to the main roster, a lot of fans wondered which side of the fence that the developmental wrestler will be on. It appears that management will be utilizing Rose as a baby face, as he worked that role at a live event over the weekend against Heath Slater.
April 28, 2014