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
In what seemed like the longest job interview in the history of mankind, WWE has finally signed Adam Pearce to a contract. He will be joining the developmental training staff of NXT. Pearce will also be working as a producer on their weekly show. Over the past year, the former NWA Heavyweight Champion has done guest training at the performance center. Management was impressed, but they did not finalize a deal until now.
May 19, 2015
Things are looking up for Sara Del Rey. She has now been officially promoted by WWE to Assistant Head Coach of NXT, which means that her role within the company has increased dramatically. When she was first brought into the developmental program, Sara was specifically tasked with grooming the next wave of divas. Since she did such a tremendous job with that, management will no entrust her to work with every developmental wrestler.
May 19, 2015
When the controversial Bill DeMott was forced to resign from WWE, management gave Matt Bloom a chance and promoted him from Assistant Head Coach to Interim Head Coach of NXT. Well, after several weeks, he has proven to the front office that he is the man to lead the next generation of stars. Bloom has now been officially promoted to Head Coach. The company cited his years of experience in the business as a major asset for developmental.
May 19, 2015
Reports have surfaced that Samoa Joe has signed a developmental contract with WWE. Terms of the deal are said to be for two years. The sum has not been disclosed, but the belief is that someone with the stature of Joe would be able to comment a bit more money that what the NXT performers normally get paid. The company has yet to confirm the signing, but they do not usually make an announcement on developmental signings.
May 15, 2015
When she worked in TNA, LeiD Tapa had a bit of a following because the internet wrestling community found out that she was the nice of the Barbarian. Things didn't work out in the company, so she left to focus on developmental. Now that her skills have improved, LeiD has signed a contract with GFW to help kick start the women's division in the new promotion. She should be one of the female performers that go on tour this summer.
May 6, 2015
During a recent interview, Sheamus revealed some information on his tryout match with WWE. He admitted that they were awful. For whatever reasons, management opted to choose Dolph Ziggler as his opponent, even though Ziggler was a developmental wrestler himself. The Celtic Warrior stated that Finlay was the one that made the odd choice. He also stated that he was hoping to receive more advice than he was being given at the time.
May 3, 2015
WWE feels that they might have found a centerpiece for their tag team division in New Day. The trio produces nice combinations. Xavier Woods, who almost received a release while working in developmental, is considered the strongest talker in the group. Management has long loved the athletic style that Kofi Kingston utilizes. Big E Langston has the size and look that the front office has long preferred in their performers.
April 29, 2015