Kassius Ohno, Jake Carter and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News
Kassius Ohno cleared a major hurdle in his path to the main roster, while Jake Carter's journey appears to be over.
The latest NXT news features fresh faces entering WWE's developmental system and others being asked to exit. Vader's son was one of a handful of recently released prospects, while WWE appears to be looking at another Diva to add to the division.
The NXT roster also got a visit from The Undertaker, one that is bound to benefit all those willing to learn form a legend. From Ohno to Carter to The Undertaker, here is the latest buzz surround NXT.
There's finally something to get hopeful about in terms of Kassius Ohno.
The news about Ohno over the last few weeks has made it feel like the news cycle was stuck on repeat. Word that WWE had issues with his physique and wanted him to hit the gym came out in various ways over and over again.
It looked as if Ohno and WWE would butt heads to the point where we'd never see him in a WWE ring.
Now WrestlingInc.com has some refreshingly positive news to share, "Kassius Ohno made his in-ring return after being absent for the past few sets of tapings. According to correspondents, Ohno looked to be 'better than ever.'"
This report makes it sound like Ohno listened to WWE officials and worked on his body. Should he make it through this obstacle, Ohno’s talent will have him sitting among the top prospects awaiting a move to the main roster.
Potential New NXT Diva
NXT's Diva division got a sampling of a fresh face.
Santana Garrett, who briefly worked for TNA, wrestled for NXT during some recent tapings. She shared her excitement about the opportunity via Twitter.
Should WWE sign Garrett full-time, she certainly has potential but will need a good amount of time at the developmental level. She's a solid athlete who would join a growing group of talented women.
WWE saw something in Shawn Spears years ago and is apparently seeing it again.
The company rehired him, per PWMania.com, after releasing him in 2009. Spears worked as a developmental talent from 2006 to 2009 and briefly appeared on WWE's version of ECW.
Spears has since been working the independent circuit, working everywhere from Puerto Rico to Mexico. At 6'3'' and 235 pounds, Spears comes into the NXT fold with a size advantage over the slew of high-flyers and smaller wrestlers WWE has signed recently.
He will attempt to follow his former tag team partner Cody Rhodes into the WWE spotlight.
Vader's son, Jake Carter (real name: Jesse White) was among the most recent prospects to be let go.
For every new signing where an indy wrestler is filled with hope, another has his journey cut short and is unable to make his way out of NXT and into WWE.
As PWInsider reported, via WrestlingInc.com, Luther Ward, Malik Omari and Carter were the latest to fall into the latter category.
Ward and Omari had only recently signed with WWE, while Carter had been with NXT when it was still Florida Championship Wrestling. He once partnered with Corey Graves but must now seek out non-WWE options.
He took the news rather well judging by his response on Twitter.
Thank you to all. No hard feelings. To each is own.— Jesse White (@Mr_JesseWhite) September 16, 2013
A Legend Offers His Thoughts
The Undertaker and his wife, Michelle McCool watched some recent NXT from backstage. "The Phenom" did more than just spectate, though.
As reported by WrestlingInc.com, Undertaker was "training in the ring and giving pointers to some of the talents."
Of all the voices the prospects must hear during their training and NXT experience, few should have as much weight as Undertaker's. With as successful as he has been, every NXT wrestler should have tried to soak in every word he shared.
Should Conor O'Brian start performing "Old School," we'll know he was listening.