A very interesting and heartwarming story was shared by Brodus Clay recently. He stated that when he first started in the developmental program, he was insecure about having to wear trunks because he was so heavy. In order to alleviate those concerns, Dusty Rhodes showed up to work without his shirt on. Rhodes said that if he could do it, then Clay can as well.
June 29, 2015
Earlier in the month, WWE brought in Sarita, so that she could train the developmental divas at the performance center. Apparently, they were really impressed with her work because management brought the woman legally known as Sarah Stock again this week. This bodes well for her chances of being hired by the company.
June 25, 2015
There is said to be a little bit of resentment from the performers backstage in WWE towards the Tough Enough competition. The winner is guaranteed to make $250,000 in a year. That is more than what a guy like Tyler Breeze makes down in developmental, and he has already proven himself more than whoever will win the spot.
June 9, 2015
Sometimes in life, things from your past can come back and bite you in the ass. That apparently is what is happening with Havok. While doing a tryout for WWE, a message that she posted on social media years ago somehow made its way to the public. In it, she use a derogatory term for African Americans. Since the company has faced negative publicity in the past in regards to racism, Jessica Cricks may not be offered a developmental contract.
June 7, 2015
As another sign that she is truly interested in improving as a performer, Eva Marie made an appearance in NXT and stated that she wanted the championship. The belief is that she will spend a couple of months down in the developmental program to gain further training. Eva recently received quite a bit of praise from WWE and the internet wrestling community because she spent time training with Brian Kendrick on her own.
June 4, 2015
When it was revealed earlier that Samoa Joe had impressed WWE so much that they offered him a full time contract, the internet wrestling community began to wonder if that meant that he was going to be placed on the main roster immediately. Fans are going to have to wait a couple of months, as management needs the former world heavyweight champion to be the focal point of NXT, as star power on the developmental roster has dwindled a bit.
June 2, 2015
For years, WWE decided to neglect Samoa Joe every time that he was a free agent. Apparently, that was a mistake. Now that the former world heavyweight champion has been signed to a developmental deal, he was able to impress management is a short period of time. The front office was so impressed with his work, the buzz he created and his merchandise sales that they decided to upgrade him to a full time deal instead.
June 2, 2015
There appears to be a chance that ROH might not be on Destination America for a very long period of time. The latest news from this developmental is that Joe Koff was only given a six month contract from the channel. Network executives are only doing this on a trial basis because they are unsure if Ring of Honor is good enough of a brand to draw in advertisers and sponsors. The promotion is more valuable to fans than it is to other businesses.
May 27, 2015
Developmental wrestlers in WWE generally do not get paid a lot of money, and that was one of the things that caused Samoa Joe to be hesitant about signing a contract with the company. In order to get the deal done, management opted to give him a contract that might help them secure more of the top performers on the independent scene. Joe is being allowed to work for other promotions, provided that he does not appear on television.
May 25, 2015