Prince Devitt, KENTA and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News
WWE NXT is set to experience an infusion of talent including additions Prince Devitt and KENTA.
Both of these wrestlers are reportedly leaving Japan to head to WWE developmental after months of speculation. An indy wrestler from California and a prospect who will add to the company's long tradition of Samoan ring warriors.
NXT is already a competitive place filled with a variety of athletes, and these new signees will only increase that.
Devitt and KENTA enter Full Sail University with far more experience than some of their peers, likely meaning they will only be making pit stops there before getting called up.
KENTA Believed to Be Headed to WWE
It may be time for the wrestlers at NXT to start wearing helmets to the ring. A man famous for kicking heads is reportedly headed their way.
PWInsider's Mike Johnson writes, "Pro Wrestling NOAH star KENTA finished up with NOAH over the weekend. He declined to comment on future plans but the belief is he will be heading to WWE as soon as work visas are worked out."
The KENTA situation has been one dripped in secrecy and uncertainty, but at least one of his peers is a believer that he's WWE-bound. Tokyo Sports, via Wrestle Zone, reports that "Takashi Sugiura, a fellow NOAH wrestler, confirmed to them that KENTA would be joining WWE NXT this summer."
WWE has famously flopped when it comes to booking Japanese wrestlers in the past, so many fans will have low expectations. KENTA, though, is an enthralling worker in his prime. As a bonus, he'll have at least one familiar opponent in Daniel Bryan.
Indy Wrestler in the Process of Signing
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Willie Mack is coming to NXT.
PWInsider, via Wrestling Inc, reported that WWE had signed "Mack to a developmental deal." The deal was apparently not done, though. PWInsider's Mike Johnson later added, "he hasn't undergone any of the WWE medical testing, which means that he can't be 'officially' signed yet."
Mack may not be on many fans' watch list, but he was clearly on WWE's radar. Watching his blend of power and agility on display makes it immediately obvious why the company is interested in him.
The young indy star will make the NXT fanbase notice him in no time.
Prince Devitt Reportedly Now with WWE
Prince Devitt may be mocking reports of him signing with WWE, but two respected sources say he's on his way to NXT.
Mike Johnson reports for PWInsider, "WWE has come to terms with Fergal 'Prince' Devitt." Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Wrestling Inc, notes that he's signed and "expected to arrive in WWE developmental this August."
The Irishman has spent the bulk of his career with New Japan Pro Wrestling. His work there has drawn comparisons to Chris Benoit and Daniel Bryan, and with good reason. He's a superb athlete with a natural feel for the mat game.
Even though he's around Bryan's size, it's hard not to imagine him making a major impact on NXT and WWE.
WWE Adds New Prospect
The WWE signing spree also included a lesser-known name. Noah Kekoa is set to head to Full Sail University as well.
Kekoa learned his craft at the Wild-Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center, won WXW's heavyweight championship and is headed for a major step in his journey to becoming a Superstar.
WWE Not Interested in More Cruiserweights
In spite of their talent, don't count on ACH, AR Fox or Ricochet being NXT's next additions. It appears WWE feels it is set on smaller wrestlers.
That's reportedly why Drake Younger is refereeing matches, not wrestling in them for WWE developmental.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Wrestling Inc, "Word is that when he heard back from his WWE tryout, he was told that they weren't looking at anymore cruiserweight sized guys because they have enough in the developmental system."
WWE should scout prospects more on a case-by-case basis, but it's not surprising to hear this move away from the cruiserweights. The company has long favored larger wrestlers. Guys like Mojo Rawley, Mason Ryan and Roman Reigns get bumped up the ladder despite their rawness.
For indy stars like ACH, they will just have to truly wow WWE officials to get an opportunity.