During a recent interview, Seth Rollins revealed that Joey Mercury was the person that was responsible for getting him a developmental contract with WWE. The world heavyweight champion also revealed that Mercury was also instrumental in getting a deal done for Dean Ambrose. Your backstage stroke in the company rises tremendously if you are able to find two main event performers from the independent wrestling circuit.
September 27, 2015
Earlier in the year, rumors spread that Kazuchika Okada was a potential candidate to join the developmental program in WWE. During a recent interview with Rolling Stones, he adamantly states that he has absolutely no desire to join the company. He wants to remain loyal to New Japan, where he is set to be the biggest star in the promotion for the next decade. He will also continue to work with ROH.
September 23, 2015
During a recent interview, Scott Hall revealed that he has been invited by WWE to go back to NXT and help the developmental wrestlers. He had a really good experience the last time around, and the performers really enjoyed being in the presence of someone that has cemented his spot in the history books. Hall has been wanting to be more involved in the industry, and it looks like he might have found a way.
September 21, 2015
Considering that he is in charge of the developmental program in WWE, it would be easy to assume that Matt Bloom doesn't have much free time. However, it looks like he does. The man formerly known as Prince Albert is starring in a movie. It is called the Dog Wedding. Interestingly enough, Bloom will be portraying an American professional wrestler who falls in love with a German dog wedding planner.
September 20, 2015
Whenever someone signs a developmental deal with WWE, they generally move to Florida to be closer to the performance center. Kevin Owens did that. However, now that he is on the main roster, he asked management if he could move back to Montreal to make it easier on his wife and kids. Owens wanted them to be closer to his wife's family. The front office gave him permission to do so.
September 19, 2015
If you're someone that has been clinging on to whatever little glimmer of hope there is for the Young Bucks to finally sign a developmental contract with WWE, now would be a good time to exhale. The brothers have decided that they are going to stay independent. Reports have surfaced that the duo has been in negotiations with ROH to extend their deal. They, of course, will be allowed to continue working for New Japan.
September 17, 2015
Since the company generally prefers to own the name of their performers, WWE has assigned a new name to Kana now that she has been signed to a developmental contract with NXT. She will now be known as Asuka. The star from Japan will appear during an in ring segment with William Regal, where she will be introduced to fans in the United States. No word yet on what gimmick she will be using.
September 10, 2015
Back when WWE was debating on whether or not to sign Kevin Owens to a developmental deal, there was a backstage vote taken by five members of the front office. Two thought that he was worth the risk, but there were also two that rejected the idea, stating that he has minimal chance of ever being a star. Triple H had the final vote, and he made the decision to hire Owens, which he is quite grateful for.
September 10, 2015
Since management really wants to give her some more credibility in the eyes of the fans, there are plans for Eva Marie to be the one to take the NTX Divas Championship off of Bayley, who recently defeated Sasha Banks to start her first reign as champion. The goal is to make Eva look good enough in the developmental program, so that fans will accept her when she is brought back to the main roster in WWE.
September 5, 2015