Very recently, WWE has been looking towards expanding its international talent. Immediately speaking, when most people read that sentence, they think of Dos Caras Jr., but no, he is not the only one. That should be apparent after watching ECW last night.
WWE has realized that it needs younger talent, and in order to appeal to an international audience, they have sought wrestlers from Mexico and Japan instead of the normal Canadian and American wrestlers.
Doing such has greatly increased variety in the company, and I will go as far as saying that this will be WWE's future and may bring freshness to what many consider a stale product.
Let's take a look at the faces WWE is bringing in:
1) Yoshi Tatsu
Anyone who watched ECW last night watched this guy cream Shelton Benjamin with a single kick. Defeating such an established veteran definitely made this guy look good. Yoshi started his career in NJPW where he had mild success. After leaving NJPW he was signed by the WWE and placed in FCW where he developed over the last year.
He also had several name changes before settling on his current one. His style is largely technical, focusing on suplexes and submissions.
I see him eventually becoming an Intercontinental and United States champion, and possibly even an ECW champion. He has got the potential, so let's leave it to WWE to, hopefully, use him right.
Once more, if you watched ECW last night you saw him debut, easily beating a jobber. Many questioned his potential after defeating such low-level talent, but my friends I assure you: This man is the real deal. He started his wrestling career in 2002, after training in the infamous Monster Factory run by Larry Sharpe.
After a serious neck injury he started wrestling again in 2004, after retraining in the Irish Whip wrestling school, the same one that produced Drew Galloway. For those that don't know, this wrestling school operates much the same way as FCW, as it both acts as a wrestling school and runs its own promotion.
He had solid success there, becoming their first ever international heavyweight champion, a title he would hold twice.
After a very brief stint in Real Quality Wrestling, he was signed to a Development contract with WWE. He would go on to have great success in FCW over the two years he was there, even winning their world championship. His move-set is largely power-based, but the man knows how to work so we might be looking at a future world champion.
3) Dos Caras Jr.
Do I even need to comment on this? This man has gotten a little bit of press both last year and this year; I really don't think its necessary, but some might not know whom he is. I will say that he has finally signed with the company mainly due to the fact that the contract they offered him this year addressed many of the problems he had with the contract offered to him last year.
He has been wrestling since 2000, but he is primarily known for the work he did in Consejo Mundial De Lucha Libre, a promotion he did not join until 2005. He had great success there, winning the promotion's world title and the CMLL La Copa Junior, a tournament featuring at least second generation wrestlers in 2006.
He also an established mixed marital artist standing with a 7-4 record.
Many see him going to Smackdown and winning mostly second tier titles and possibly a world championship. However as he is a second generation wrestler, being the son of the original Dos Caras, so an unforeseen path is him joining Legacy if the faction is still around by the time he reaches the main roster.
4) Sicodelico Jr.
The little press this man got after joining the company astounds and frustrates me. Sicodelico Jr. is the son of the original Sicodelico, the brother of El Hijo De Sicodelico, the nephew of Dos Caras, Black Gordman, and Mil Mascaras, and the cousin of Black Gordman Jr., and Dos Caras Jr.
All of the above mentioned names make up one of the most legendary Lucha Libre families of all time. You would think will all the press Dos Caras Jr. got when he signed, his cousin, and possible tag team partner, would get a near equal amount of press.
He has been wrestling two years longer than his cousin, Dos Caras Jr., and has seen many more titles, winning the SWC World Welterweight Championship, RCW Cyber Championship twice, and the IPW World Championship.
He also won the Torneo Gran Alternativa, a tag team tournament, in Consejo Mundial De Lucha Libre. He landed a WWE contract in 2008 and has since wrestled in FCW, unmasked.
Sicodelico Jr. is a bit of wild card as his relation to Dos Caras Jr. may be acknowledged, but it may not. If so, a tag team between the two is a definite possibility. Considering his status, joining Legacy is also possible. If not, then multiple United States and Intercontinental titles await him.
These are only the international starts that WWE has signed right now. There are numerous other prospects that have gone unnamed, likely due to their contract status with other companies. WWE has noted they are interest in Sheik Abdul Bashir whom they screwed up on before, so we'll see when his TNA contract is up.
Another prospect they should consider is El Hijo De Rey Misterio, the son of the original Rey Misterio and the cousin of Rey Mysterio. He has been wrestling for three years and is still only 20 years old, but superbly talented.
Some may notice I left Vladimir Kozlov, William Regal, Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero off this list. That is mainly because they are on the main roster and have been there a little while, so we have already seen what they are capable of.
International stars, while originally brought on simply to increase international viewing, may prove to be the saving grace to the company and its very future. They are bringing talent and credibility to a company that has lost such in the eyes of many wrestling fans, but we can only wait and see what the future holds.