Earlier in the month, Kazuchika Okada did a tryout for WWE when the company was doing a quick tour of Japan. There has not been a lot of rumblings about offering him a developmental contract. With New Japan recently announcing that they are going to be sending their stars to tour with smaller promotions, there is a chance that Okada does not join NXT.
July 25, 2015
When WWE gave Corey Graves a position as a commentator, many felt that his job security was extremely high because it was good for public relations to keep him around. However, the former developmental wrestler might have just given the company an excuse to fire him. Graves took to social media to bash the candidates that are competing on Tough Enough.
July 15, 2015
Rumors are floating around now that there is some resentment towards Kevin Owens from the other wrestlers on the roster. The developmental wrestlers have backstage heat with him because he was promoted ahead of them and very quickly. Some main roster guys are upset because he was given an immediate push, which WWE doesn't usually do.
July 3, 2015
As many of you already know, Dusty Rhodes was heavily involved with the developmental program prior to his death. Based on what everyone in the industry is saying, that is a big void to fill. Superstar Billy Graham believes that he can be the one to do it because of his vast experience. He has already tried to contact WWE about the position.
July 1, 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