Adam Rose, Prince Devitt and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News
Adam Rose is set to lead an invasion of WWE NXT stars to the main roster; questions remain about whether New Japan Pro Wrestling standout Prince Devitt will join him.
There is still little clarity on whether we should expect to see Devitt at Full Sail University, even after his run in Japan appears to be over. For Rose, he is coming to Raw and SmackDown soon, two shows which will have a heavy NXT influence.
Other WWE developmental news focuses on two wrestlers getting name changes, what WWE has in mind for NXT during the week of WrestleMania 31 and a former football player finding himself with no NXT contract.
Following WrestleMania 30, WWE appears to be focused on the future. That's excellent news for Rose and a handful of other NXTers.
NXT invaded Raw on Monday night.
WWE is clearly committed to building new stars. That influx of prospects, though, may not stop with those names.
Those may not just be teases, though. Mike Johnson writes on PWInsider, "Expect some additional NXT talents to be moving up to the main roster in the next few months."
With Rose, Dallas and others making the journey to the main roster soon, opportunities at NXT are about to become more plentiful. The company is going to need new prospects to step into their spots.
WWE Releases Prospect
For every NXT success story, there are a number of other stories involving prospects who don't make it. That is the case for Cole Andrews, who is done with WWE developmental, at least for now.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Marc Middleton on Wrestling Inc., reports "WWE NXT talent Cole Andrews, whose real name is Stephen Good, has reportedly been released from his contract."
Andrews had not been a featured performer on NXT. The former offensive lineman for the University of Oklahoma played a "modern day cowboy," mostly being asked to lose in quick matches.
Another Live NXT Special
NXT was well represented at WrestleMania Axxess in New Orleans, but WWE has even bigger plans for its prospects for next year's week-long WrestleMania celebration.
According to F4WOnline, via Middleton of Wrestling Inc., "WWE is planning on having the last weekly episode of NXT before WrestleMania 31 be a live show from Axxess next year."
As successful as NXT ArRIVAL was, another live pay-per-view-style show is an exciting option. ArRIVAL showcased many of NXT's top talents, several of whom are now on the main roster.
Watching Mojo Rawley, Colin Cassady and Tye Dillinger try to top last year's show will be a fun ride.
Prospect Name Changes
Getting the right name and gimmick is part of the NXT experience. Adam Rose is set to debut on the main roster shortly after leaving his Leo Kruger character behind. Two other prospects can only hope for such a successful switch.
F4WOnline, via Middleton of Wrestling Inc., "Angelo Dawkins is now known as Gary Gordon. Former Irish rugby player Pierre Marceau is now known as Marcus Louis."
Marceau's name change is no surprise as he used that moniker during his days on the independent circuit. Folks not named CM Punk have to ditch their old handles for the one WWE hands them.
Dawkins has already wrestled for NXT under that name. The change may indicate a different gimmick coming his way as well.
Prince Devitt to WWE Update
Like Sting, fans have been hearing a lot of buzz about Prince Devitt coming to WWE with no concrete sign of him signing with the company yet.
Devitt battled in a Loser Leaves Town contest at the NJPW Invasion Attack show over the weekend. As Keith Harris of Cageside Seats reports, "Ryusuke Taguchi cleanly defeated Prince Devitt" in that match.
That frees the athletic dynamo to head stateside. It has led to speculation this is a precursor to him signing a contract with WWE developmental.
It's not guaranteed that he is coming to Full Sail University, though.
F4WOnline, via Middleton of Wrestling Inc, "Word is that Prince Devitt has not signed with WWE and may not be signing with them as rumors are that TNA is planning on making a big play for him."
TNA can't offer as grand a stage to perform on, but that company would be a better fit for him as a wrestler.
WWE doesn't have a great reputation for developing or highlighting cruiserweights. In TNA, though, Devitt would thrive as part of the X Division or battling Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards as a part of a tag team.