WWE Officially Signs Independent Masked Star El Generico

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterJanuary 31, 2013

Photo from PWponderings.com
Photo from PWponderings.com

WWE fans looking for luchador-inspired wrestling antics should soon get their fill, as El Generico is now officially a member of the company.

Word was already out about El Generico (real name: Rami Sebei) signing with WWE, but that talk was premature. The signing was not yet official.

WWE had been waiting for the smoke to clear on the TNA lawsuit as well as for some legal papers and medical tests to clear. F4WOnline writes that WWE "would not sign anyone until the lawsuit was in the process of being settled."

Apparently, it was the fact that El Generico worked some dark matches for TNA that caused him to be caught in the middle of the two wrestling promotions' legal spat.

Thankfully, the TNA vs. WWE legal battle is now over (via PWTorch), and that means the Canadian luchador fun can begin.

That is, assuming El Generico passes all the physical and health tests.

Should he pass, NXT is going to be a heck of a lot more interesting. Who knows how long it will take for him to work his way up to the main roster. Until then, NXT stars will have an agile, lanky goofball to work with.

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Patric Laprade of Slam! Sports reports that "it is now confirmed that El Generico will join the ranks of NXT in Tampa, Florida by early February."

Chikara and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla fans already know about El Generico's dynamic ring style, comedic talents and infectious energy, things that WWE fans will come to know and likely love.

El Generico has made his rounds on the independent scene over the past nine years. He's collected championships in Ring of Honor, Dramatic Dream Team, Westside Xtreme Wrestling and just about every wrestling outfit in North America.

WWE is now his next step, a chance to see how his work translates to the harsh glow of the limelight.

No word on whether WWE will keep El Generico in his red and black mask and/or allow him to continue his goofy, fake Mexican act or if they have something else in mind for him.

Stripping him of his character would be a mistake unless WWE has something brilliant to replace it with.

WWE can inject a significant dose of fun into their product with El Generico, a wrestler as entertaining in the ring as he is outside of it.