Tommy Maclin, Knuckles Madsen and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterDecember 19, 2013

Tommy Maclin, Knuckles Madsen and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News

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    Tommy Maclin

    Tommy Maclin and Knuckles Madsen went in opposite directions in their journeys recently, one man's career at WWE NXT beginning and the other's ending.

    The developmental system added a new talent, a wrestler out of Rutherford, N.J. The company also hosted a number of other prospects in a series of tryouts. Some of the wrestlers who attended these will excite fans of independent wrestling.

    For every NXT talent who is released, every performer who is injured, WWE has a host of other folks to take their place.

    From the man dropped from the developmental system to the latest word on recent tryouts, here is the week's NXT news. 

WWE Releases Prospect Knuckles Madsen

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    Knuckles Madsen is no longer a part of WWE developmental. The Memphis, Tenn., native has reportedly been axed. reports that "WWE released Knuckles Madsen (real name Kevin Nikels) from his NXT developmental contract."

    Madsen hadn't been used much for quite a while, so the move to part ways with him is not surprising. The 230-pounder was apparently willing to do whatever it took to stick around, including donning clown gear, but WWE decided to move on without him.

    WWE has been known to rehire prospects it cuts, but competition in the developmental is growing increasingly tough.

Independent Wrestler Tommy Maclin Signs Developmental Deal

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    A promising prospect will soon join the trainers at the WWE Performance Center.

    Per, "WWE has signed 'Trademark' Tommy Maclin to a developmental deal." 

    Maclin comes out of the Larry Sharpe-run Monster Factory in New Jersey. He's ripped, athletic and just getting started, as he's only been active since 2012. He joins a crowded developmental system that will make standing out a priority.

    He certainly has the physical gifts to do just that. The Blue Meanie tweeted: "he has unlimited potential to succeed."

Buddy Murphy Injured

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    Buddy Murphy (Matt Silva) suffered an injury much like the one that will keep Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber out of action.

    PWInsider, via, reported on Dec. 13 that "Buddy Murphy of WWE NXT suffered a broken jaw at the NXT live event last night in Tampa."

    Murphy can't be happy with how he's getting into the headlines. The powerful wrestler made the news earlier this year when his controversial promo was leaked (h/t 

    This time around, it's a painful injury leading to his name being mentioned.

    Here's to hoping that his recovery goes well and the next time wrestling news outlets are bringing Murphy up, it's because of his accomplishments in the ring. 

WWE Tryout News

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    Opportunity came in the form of tryouts for several independent wrestlers recently.

    PWInsider, via, provides several of the names WWE was looking at over the weekend. The report lists "Pepper Parks, Mentallo, Ricochet, Martin Casaus, Bestia 666, Drake Younger and Gaylon Summers" as wrestlers who were confirmed at the tryouts.

    According to, Robert Anthony of Resistance Pro Wrestling was among that group as well.

    Bestia 666 has the advantage of having Rey Mysterio in his corner. 

    F4WOnline, via, reports, "Mysterio is a fan of Besta and has been the main guy helping him out and discussing his name to WWE officials as of late."

    Ricochet is a speedy dynamo much like current NXT star Adrian Neville.

    Younger is an excellent in-ring worker, but his size (5'9'') could have WWE officials shy away from him.

    In addition to those folks trying to entice company scouts, reports that "several of Booker T’s students from his Reality of Wrestling promotion were backstage at TLC."

    There's a chance that those wrestlers got a look from WWE as well.

    With as aggressively as the company has been in search of new talent, the future will not be lacking. WWE continues to look at a variety of prospects from various backgrounds, a move that is destined to lead to some big-time future stars.

Diva Prospects Leah Van Damme and Ashley Sebera Get New Ring Names

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    Diva prospects Leah Van Damme and Ashley Sebera took an initial step in their NXT careers. WWE gave them both new monikers. reports that Van Damme will be known as Carmella and Sebera will go by Dana Brooke.

    Van Damme is a former Laker girl, and Sebera is a former fitness model. Getting ring names is just the first stage of a long developmental process, as neither woman comes from a wrestling background.