Since WWE had been collecting as much talent as possible, rumors of Jay Lethal finally signing with the promotion started to swirl. Well, those can be put to rest for at least another year, as the ROH World Heavyweight Champion has signed a contract extension to stay exactly where he is. The belief is that Lethal would much rather defend the world title around the globe instead of being forced to start over again in NXT, the developmental brand.
January 28, 2016
Earlier today, a photo surfaced on social media that shows Austin Aries making his arrival at an NXT event in Florida. That has sparked rumors that the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion is on the verge of signing a contract with WWE to help add depth to the developmental brand. Management is now leaning towards the idea of having seasoned veterans mixed in with the fresher faces.
November 19, 2015
Reports have surfaced that Nick Dinsmore is in negotiations with WWE to make yet another return. Though there is a slight chance that he could be returning as an in ring performer, the general belief is that he is being brought back to be a trainer in the developmental system. Dinsmore worked in that capacity for much of 2014 before being released. Rumors stated that he was let go because of backstage politics at the time.
October 27, 2015
Since his gimmick works so well in NXT, WWE has decided that Tyler Breeze will be using the same gimmick, theme song and entrance routine when he makes the move from the developmental program to the main roster. Management has already ordered his promotion to go through, so he will be doing double duty on some weeks until the end of the year. Rumors strongly persist that he will be paired with Summer Rae.
October 21, 2015
Those rumors about WWE giving Apollo Crews a major push turned out to be true after all. The developmental wrestler has now been named the number one contender to the NXT Championship currently held by Finn Balor. Crews leapfrogged over several other performers, including Tyler Breeze and Samoa Joe, to get that highly coveted spot. The belief is that there is a very good chance of him winning the championship soon.
October 15, 2015
The internet wrestling community was buzzing over rumors that James Storm had attended an NXT event earlier in the month. Well, some further fuel has been added to that particular fire. The former world heavyweight champion is said to be in Orlando today and may have been spotted at the same venue as the Takeover event. Photos have surfaced online of what appears to be Storm entering the facility with developmental trainer, Billy Gunn.
October 7, 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
Performers like Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and Bayley are going to be among the biggest reasons why fans attend Takeover events and the upcoming NXT tour of England. Rumors have been floating around that the developmental performers do not get rewarded for the recent success, and now, it appears that an official meeting was held to inform the performers that they will not be paid any extra money for their work.
September 10, 2015
To generate even more interest the story line, WWE has decided to add the mystery partner element. At Night of Champions, the Wyatt Family will be teaming up to take on Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and a partner that has yet to be revealed. Rumors have surfaced that it will be Baron Corbin, a developmental wrestler in NXT. The official website reportedly posted his image by accident.
September 5, 2015
Rumors have it that one of the ideas being floated around backstage in WWE is for Samoa Joe and Finn Balor to successfully win the Dusty Rhodes memorial tournament. That would then lead to Joe somehow challenging Balor for the NXT Championship in a friendly feud. That particular match would more than likely be the biggest draw for the developmental promotion at this point in time.
September 4, 2015