Triple H, Kota Ibushi and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News
Triple H's baby, WWE NXT, is set to shine on the WWE Network. Kota Ibushi could soon be a part of the developmental system the COO has been building.
Ibushi is the latest name linked to WWE. Snagging him from Japan would lead to an injection of excitement to the NXT roster.
In other NXT news, two Divas stood out in a recent tryout, and more details have come out about NXT Takeover. In addition, Triple H shared his thoughts on the progress of certain prospects and NXT itself in a recent conference call.
WWE Reportedly Interested in Japanese Star
Yoshi Tatsu could soon find himself among more of his countrymen.
There had been word that KENTA could be on his way to WWE. As Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported earlier this month, "the belief is he will be heading to WWE as soon as work visas are worked out."
Now, there is reason to believe a new Japan Pro Wrestling star could be NXT-bound as well.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Nick Paglino of Wrestle Zone, "WWE is interested in signing current IWGP Jr. Champion Kota Ibushi."
Ibushi is one of the most electrifying performers working today. The fantastic high-flyer is certainly smaller than the ideal prospect, but it's not surprising in the least that WWE would be taking a long look at him.
The company's history of booking Japanese stars has been poor, but KENTA and Ibushi are the kind of talents who could change that.
NXT Takeover Details
NXT's second live special is coming.
NXT Takeover airs May 29 on the WWE Network at 8 p.m. ET. The pre-show begins 30 minutes before the show. Renee Young hosts a panel on that program that will include Paul Heyman, Cesaro and Christian, per WWE.com.
Per a WWE press release, via ProWrestling.net, there will also be a Takeover preview show May 28 at 10 p.m. ET.
Young hosts that show as well, which will include interviews with Hall of Famers Bret Hart and Ric Flair. The idea is to play up Charlotte and Natalya's wrestling lineage before their NXT Women's Championship bout.
The other matches scheduled for the event are as follows:
- Adrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd (NXT Championship)
- The Ascension vs. Kalisto and El Local (Tag Team Championship)
- Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn (No. 1 Contender's Match)
- Adam Rose vs. Camacho
PWInsider's Mike Johnson notes that "William Regal, Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips will be the announcers on NXT Takeover."
Divas Impress at Tryout
The NXT Divas division, long thought of as one of WWE's developmental's strengths, could be adding some new talent. Tessa Blanchard and Chastity Taylor were among the women who recently tried out for WWE in North Carolina.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Wrestling Inc's Marc Middleton, noted "that officials were impressed with both women."
Blanchard's father is Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard. She has been a manager in the indys as well as a fashion model. Taylor has been a ring announcer and interviewer for CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and Shine Wrestling.
It looks as if Devin Taylor is set to get some competition.
Triple H Talks NXT
Triple H provided a peek behind the curtain, showing his enthusiasm for what NXT is and what it can be.
In a conference call with several media members, per Dave Scherer of PWInsider, Triple H touched on a number of NXT issues. He said he was overall happy with NXT in general and the prospects who have been recently called up. He did, though, admit how what works in front of an NXT crowd may not translate to the main roster.
We've seen that with Adam Rose so far with there being less energy from fans outside of Full Sail University.
The COO also talked about speeding up the NXT taping schedule. It would be ideal to do so, and he said he liked the idea of the show going live, but lamented the increased costs that would bring.
Other noteworthy answers he gave included his belief that NXT could reinvigorate Tyson Kidd's career and that he had no comment about whether WWE had signed Prince Devitt and KENTA. WWE is, though, scouting more international talents.
The company recently held tryouts in Brazil, Europe and the Middle East.
It was clear from the call that Triple H is pumped about NXT Takeover and developmental as a whole. He should be. He's worked to add a variety of talent to the system, something that is apparently going to keep happening.