From early on in his career, Cody Hall became married to the idea that he would not rush to sign with WWE. He wanted to be well traveled and well trained before accepting his destiny in the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. That move has turned out rather well because his stock has been rising pretty rapidly in the industry. Hall could conceivably jump ahead of other performers when he finally joins the developmental program.
April 26, 2015
The second developmental wrestler to be released by WWE is Tony Briggs, who told his fans through social media on Friday afternoon. He was very thankful of the company and had nothing but nice things to say about those that trained him and helped him. Briggs vowed to make it back to NXT some day, so there is a very good chance that he will pursue his opportunities on the independent wrestling circuit to prove is worth again.
April 24, 2015
Rumors spread on Thursday that Samoa Joe met with WWE officials to negotiate a developmental contract. It is now looking more and more likely that it did happen, as Jim Ross himself has confirmed that he saw Joe earlier in the day. Ross is in Orlando, where the performance center happens to be, to tape a show with Mick Foley for the Network. The belief is that Joe will sign a deal and start with NXT around June of 2015.
April 24, 2015
Rumors have been floating around that Finn Balor was next in line to be called up to the main roster in WWE. However, it appears that he will have to wait at least another month. The front office has advertised him to work the upcoming NXT live event taking place in Albany on May 16. While there is still a chance that he could be promoted and be sent to the show, the belief is that Balor is going to be spending a couple of more weeks in developmental.
April 21, 2015
During a recent interview, Elijah Burke revealed something rather interesting. He stated that he has been in contact with Triple H, and the two of them have discussed the possibility of him making a return to WWE. That comes as a bit of a surprise as the front office has been focused on bringing in new guys and training them in the developmental program. For those that do not know, Burke has been busy filming a couple of movies.
April 19, 2015
On Thursday night, NXT made their debut at Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center in Gainesville, Florida. The packed house was treated to a little surprise return. Mojo Rowley has finally come back from his injury. He was out for several months. The belief is that he will receive a nice push in developmental because the big wigs in WWE still believe that he has potential to some day be the top star on the main roster.
April 17, 2015
A year after being signed to a developmental contract with WWE, Dasha Kuret made her debut in NXT this weekend. She teamed with Becky Lynch and Dana Brooke in a losing effort to Carmella, Alexa Bliss and Devin Taylor. For those that don't remember, Dasha is the former fitness model, beauty queen and gymnast with the degree from the University of Central Florida. She has no previous experience in the business.
April 11, 2015
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Ross Von Erich and Marshall Von Erich were going to be receiving tryouts with WWE. It has now been revealed that Jim Ross was the one that made the call to the front office to set things in motion. He did it because of his connection to Kevin Von Erich. The third generation stars have some experience, but the belief is that they would benefit tremendously from the NXT developmental program.
April 10, 2015
During his podcast interview with Chris Jericho, John Cena revealed just how he close he was to turning heel during his feud against The Rock. It was to the point where he spent $5,000 to have new ring gear created for his heel persona. However, WWE scrapped that idea. Instead of asking for a refund, Cena told the seamstress to put that money towards developmental wrestlers that come to her for new apparel. Yet another good deed by Cena.
April 9, 2015
As good as NXT is, it appears that ROH is a better developmental program for WWE. All but two of their current male champions come from that promotion. Seth Rollins is the world champion. Daniel Bryan holds the Intercontinental Championship. Kevin Owens and Antonio Cesaro both hold titles. The only two guys that never worked for that promotion are Tyson Kidd and John Cena. The two divas champion never worked there.
April 9, 2015