There is a not a better time than to be excited for the future of WWE, simply by taking a look at who resides currently in their developmental territory, FCW. The likes of Kassius Ohno, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Xavier Woods and Richie Steamboat are among names all building momentum in FCW, many developing a presence on the newly re-launched NXT.
Now, according to Mike Johnson of PWInisder, WWE has offered a developmental contract to one of the most heralded female wrestling free agents, Sara Del Rey.
The "Queen of Wrestling," both as she calls herself and how many wrestling fans accept her, has over a decade of experience in the ring, in SHIMMER, Chikara. Her biggest success came from being a part of the "King of Wrestling" in Ring of Honor. The other two members of that team are also in the WWE system. Chris Hero is now Kassius Ohno, and Claudio Castagnoli has debuted on Smackdown as Antonio Cesaro.
Del Rey was ranked No. 6 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 50 Females in 2008 and No. 10 in 2011.
What this means to me is that the paradigm is continuing to shift regarding talent that is signed. For every belief that WWE is only looking for tall, muscular behemoths, there are several examples of hard working wrestlers that paid their dues for years and earned their position. Maybe we have CM Punk and Daniel Bryan to thank for making that movement more public and mainstream.
With Beth Phoenix and Natalya as solid in-ring workers on WWE TV currently, Kharma waiting in the wings, Eve transcending the Divas division and AJ blossoming into one of WWE's most interesting characters, the future looks bright for this division given more spotlight, attention and time in the ring.
In FCW, Del Rey will join the likes of Raquel Diaz, herself almost at the point of landing a spot on Smackdown (or RAW) in the near future.
If nothing else, this signing shows us that wrestling matters again, in every division. Yes, there is a place for attractive females of all types in pro wrestling, but me personally, I prefer females that can go in the ring, and I'm glad soon I'll have an opportunity to see the best do that on the biggest stage.
Arda Ocal, Pro Wrestling Optimist
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