Tyler Breeze, Charlotte and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News
Tyler Breeze is going to have to don bandages as he continues his rise to the top of WWE NXT, while Charlotte's journey will soon take her to a wrestling landmark.
Breeze, the No. 1 contender for the NXT Championship, is nursing a slight injury. The women's champ will be looking to put a hurting on her opponents when she joins several main-roster Superstars at a WWE house show later this summer.
Other developmental news warns of budget cuts to come, reports of another tryout at the WWE Performance Center and signals a possible call-up for one of NXT's high-flyers.
With as good as Prince Pretty has been as of late, it's hard to imagine him not being the next prospect to head to the main roster, damaged digit and all.
Tyler Breeze Recovering from Finger Injury
Several fans who attended recent live NXT events have noted that Tyler Breeze spoke of having an injured finger.
One fan (@ImmejustBilly) posted a shot showing Breeze's left pointer finger wrapped in tape, and @jurratt noted that Breeze spoke of the injury during a promo. A fan also told NoDQ.com that Breeze talked of suffering a broken finger.
Cesaro continued wrestling with multiple injuries in his hand back in 2012, but that's not necessary with NXT's taping schedule.
WWE is far more likely to just let him heal, allowing him to work on his promo skills in the meantime. He still has a title match with Adrian Neville awaiting him, but there's no need to rush it before Breeze is healed.
The NXT Divas division has featured some excellent in-ring workers, but it appears that the next batch of women may be more eye candy than warriors. WWE reportedly hosted an all-female tryout at the Performance Center last week.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via PWMania.com, "Word is that most of the talents there are models that have been recruited and not experienced women's wrestlers."
With the rise of Total Divas and WWE's history of fitness models becoming wrestlers, this isn't surprising news. Fans of women's wrestling can't be happy to hear where WWE's focus is right now.
Finding female wrestlers who have the look WWE likes rather than seek out the right look and worry about in-ring ability later is the smarter move, but that's not a direction the company is taking often enough. Eva Marie and Jo-Jo Offerman have WWE deals while talented indy performers aren't getting picked up.
Budget Cuts Coming
Last week, WWE cleaned out its cupboards, releasing a number of Superstars as part of a way to trim the budget.
The belt-tightening is set to apply to NXT as well. That's bad news for guys low on the NXT hierarchy like Buddy Murphy and Angelo Dawkins.
F4WOnline confirmed a report from SEScoops, via Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc, that noted the following:
"The budget at NXT has been slashed (production, post-production) as part of WWE's ongoing cost cutting measures. WWE is evaluating the NXT roster this week and will be releasing talent over the next month."
The amount of talent WWE has signed recently has greatly outweighed the number of wrestlers it let go. That has to end at some point, and those struggling at NXT are going to be viewed as expendable.
More polished acts like Sami Zayn have little to worry about; it's the guys who can't make their way onto NXT TV who should be drawing up a Plan B.
Charlotte Making Madison Square Garden Debut
Charlotte is about to perform at what was once WWE's central venue.
WWE.com is now listing Charlotte as a part of the July 12 show at Madison Square Garden along with her father, Ric Flair. It's a WWE house show, not an NXT event, a sign of the company's confidence in her. Mixing it up with the main roster is often a sign of a prospect getting a call-up in the near future.
The women's champ has improved dramatically during her run at NXT, and should she continue with this current arc, there's little doubt that she will join Paige and Emma on Raw and SmackDown.
She'll then be able to pass through the Garden several more times as an increasingly bigger part of the show.
Prospect Possibly Getting Call-Up Soon
Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio could soon have some competition, as another luchador is said to be on his way to the main roster before long.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via PWMania.com, "There was talk this past week that WWE may bring NXT star Kalisto to the main roster by the end of the year as WWE still feels that they need to have a Latino babyface."
Kalisto hasn't worked on NXT TV much, but he's an experienced vet of the independent circuit. With Mysterio injured and Sin Cara (both the original one and Hunico) not succeeding as WWE had hoped, there's a masked high-flyer niche to be filled.
Plenty skilled to thrive in that role, Kalisto doesn't appear to be destined to stick around Full Sail University for long.