WWE Signs Two Irish Wrestlers to Developmental Deals

Sharon GlencrossContributor IMarch 8, 2013

Rachel St. Claire (photo from wrestling truth.com)
Rachel St. Claire (photo from wrestling truth.com)

It looks like WWE is continuing to expand its roster, having reportedly just signed two independent wrestlers, from Ireland, to deals.

WrestlingInc writes: 

No Limit Wrestling announced that Irish stars Joey Cabray ('OMEN') and Rachelle St. Claire (Rachel Walker) have signed development deals with World Wrestling Entertainment. Cabray will move to Florida in the coming weeks, while St. Claire will make her move later this year once she has recovered from a knee injury.

Website Irish News Review managed to get a few words with the recently signed Cabray, who spoke of his excitement about the news, as well as the sacrifices he made to get a deal with WWE:

It’s means a great deal to me, I’ve trained hard for the past 8 years and made a lot of sacrifices, I’ve traveled everywhere from Tokyo to New York to Berlin with wrestling and finally made it to WWE. I feel honored because there are literally hundreds of thousands of young independent pro wrestlers around the world yet only a couple of hundred have a contract with WWE.

So what could be in store for these two?

Thanks to his extensive in-ring experience, Cabray should be an asset to WWE. No doubt the star will be eager to emulate at least some of the success of fellow Irishman Sheamus, one of the company's most high-profile stars.

 It's even possible he could be paired with the former World Heavyweight champion upon getting called up to the main roster. Sheamus as the head of some sort of Celtic stable is an interesting idea that could have potential.

As far as St. Claire signing goes, it's yet another indication that WWE is keen to add more women to its roster after losing a ton of female talent over the past two years. Her solid wrestling skills may lead to her getting called up earlier than usual.

Wrestling purists will probably be happy that the company is signing a wrestler instead of yet another inexperienced model from an agency.