Since WWE wanted his debut to be a big deal, Shinsuke Nakamura has now been booked for a big match against Sami Zayn, an experienced performer that had spent years honing his craft in ROH. The two of them will be battling it out at a special NXT event in Dallas during Wrestlemania 32 weekend. Triple H wants to keep the momentum rolling for the developmental brand, so expect Nakamura and Zayn to be given plenty of time to work.
February 4, 2016
Since his debut match is set to take place in the summer, CM Punk has started doing media rounds for UFC. During one of his interview sessions, the former WWE Heavyweight Champion revealed that he has signed on to do eight MMA fights for Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is a lot more than what many had predicted when he first announced his jump into mixed martial arts. Punk states he will do all eight fights.
January 26, 2016
After weeks of being rumored, AJ Styles has finally made his debut for WWE by being the third person to enter the Royal Rumble. Roman Reigns had eliminated Rusev, who was the second entrant. Not surprisingly, the audience turned on Reigns and immediately sided with Styles. AJ was made to look like a top level performer, with Michael Cole even telling fans that he has been dominant in other parts of the world.
January 24, 2016
In a sign that TNA may be loosening up the purse strings again, reports have surfaced that the company had negotiations with AJ Styles about a potential return that would have seen the former world heavyweight champion return to the promotion in time for their debut on POP TV. The two sides were not able to reach an agreement in time. Plus, Styles currently has a favorable deal on the table from WWE.
January 18, 2016
While doing a podcast interview, Bobby Roode was asked about his start in professional wrestling. The TNA star revealed that Val Venis trained him for absolutely free. This was right around the time where Venis was set to make his debut in WWE. The two of them lived within miles of one another in Canada and met one day. Venis told Roode that he had a ring in his backyard and invited him to come over to check it out. The rest is history.
January 8, 2016
Through Penguin Random House, AJ Lee has signed a contract to write and release her autobiography. The former WWE Divas Champion will be spending much of 2016 writing down her memoirs. AJ spends much of her time supporting CM Punk in Wisconsin as he trains for his UFC debut. She also makes various appearances at comic and wrestling convention. The book is scheduled to be released in early 2017.
November 27, 2015
There are rumors floating around right now that Solomon Crowe has possibly been released by WWE. His profile was removed from the roster page on the official website. To add even more fuel to the fire, Crowe himself posted a message on social media about the earth standing still. He had a bit of a following in NXT when he first made his debut but his momentum severely waned after that.
November 24, 2015