A Hall of Famer had huge praise for WWE NXT rising star Sami Zayn while Xavier Woods is reportedly out of action for the time being.
In the race to make the jump to the main roster, Zayn has Woods beat at the moment. The man formerly known as El Generico's latest bit of acclaim comes from a highly respected source.
In this week's other WWE developmental news, NXT hired a new trainer who will be familiar to many fans, the Divas division is one woman smaller and two big names from the main roster are scheduled to appear at an upcoming taping.
The NXT prospects are set to get advice and mentoring from a familiar face.
PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com, reports "WWE has re-hired Nick 'Eugene' Dinsmore but now he will be working as a trainer. He's expected to report to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando soon."
Dinsmore, famous for playing a mentally challenged character, joins the NXT team sure to help prospects balance the sports and entertainment parts of the WWE equation. Like Doink the Clown before him, his goofy gimmick overshadowed his ability to wrestle.
It's great for NXT prospects to hear a variety of voices, from Sara Del Rey to Billy Gunn. Now add Dinsmore to that list.
Xavier Woods missed a recent NXT signing event. F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, reports that Woods was pulled "due to injury. No word yet on what he's suffering from."
Kassius Ohno took his place, per NXT's Facebook page.
Fans will have to keep their ears open about this reported injury. Were it something serious one would assume that news would spread rather quickly. NXT is ultra-competitive at the moment and getting hurt would allow other prospects to climb over Woods in the rankings.
The current world champ and the man who tried to wrest it from him at SummerSlam will be working among NXT's prospects. Per PWMania.com, "Alberto Del Rio and Christian are scheduled to appear at the next set of NXT tapings."
Del Rio and Christian fans should circle Oct. 10 on their calendars if they plan on traveling to Full Sail University to see those two Superstars mingle with NXT's best.
A Christian vs. Sami Zayn match sounds like a classic in the making.
NXT Diva prospect Christina Vargas has chosen to pursue a career in the culinary world and per PWMania.com "has parted ways with the sports-entertainment organization after requesting her release."
The former bikini model signed a developmental deal with WWE in May. She had yet to make her NXT television debut.
She explained her decision to leave the company on her Twitter account.
@_officialHEEL I'm an athlete.Thought I could of done both. I do love the wrestling part I just realized what meant more to me after.— CHRISTINA VARGAS (@VARGAS26) September 21, 2013
Vargas also had positive things to say about her experience.
@TheNXTDivas thank you I appreciate the opportunity was a pleasure to work w/ all the athletes & staff I have nothing but respect I'm a fan.— CHRISTINA VARGAS (@VARGAS26) September 21, 2013
Fans watching NXT recently have seen Sami Zayn put on excellent bouts against Jack Swagger, Antonio Cesaro and others. Zayn has been rocking it since unmasking and making the transition from El Generico and Hall of Famer Jim Ross has certainly noticed.
Ross wrote the following on his blog.
Keep an eye on NXT talent Sami Zayn. He's a keeper and likely will be on a WWE main roster this year or so I think. Great attitude and skill set.
Zayn would certainly be an asset to the main roster. The in-ring dynamo has created a ton of buzz during his short time at NXT and is forcing WWE officials to take notice.
Should he continue his success, Ross' prediction will come true.