World Wrestling Entertainment made history Thursday with the announcement of its signing of Bin Wang.
Triple H revealed the acquisition at a grand press conference, as part of the company's global expansion. John Cena, speaking in Mandarin, introduced the media, and WWE announced a new television partnership with PTTV.
With all the pomp and circumstance over, reality sets in for Wang. The first professional wrestler to represent his country under the bright lights and on the enormous stages erected by Vince McMahon's billion dollar sports-entertainment empire, he not only carries the weight of expectation from those who believed enough in him to sign him, but he also shoulders the pride of an entire nation.
It will not be easy for him to succeed. Superstars with international followings and decorated resumes come to WWE every year, only to find it far more difficult to become a household name than they imagined.
Wang faces an uphill battle. He will have the support of a promotion desperately seeking a Chinese-born wrestler it can promote heavily in time for the tour of his homeland, but it will be up to him to prove he is both ready and deserving of the spot it has waiting for him.
Only time will tell how great Wang becomes under the WWE umbrella. For now, though, get to know the newcomer, his background and what realistically awaits him in the land of giants, Superstars and icons.
Who is Bin Wang?
Unlike other high-profile signings, Bin Wang is not a household name, as he embarks on his journey into WWE. As reported by Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com, he was little more than an undercard wrestler for the great Antonio Inoki's promotion. He was not a consistent main event talent, and he hasn't had a great deal of exposure in main events.
He has never been asked to carry a promotion on his back.
His new home promotion will look to change that imminently. As WWE.com reported Thursday, Wang will relocate to Florida to begin his work at the WWE Performance Center on Sunday—the same day the industry's top stars take to the squared circle for the Money in the Bank extravaganza.
At 6'3", approximately 220 pounds, Wang stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Triple H. He looks like a star, which certainly helps in WWE, but it remains to be seen if he can make the translation from the Chinese performance style to that of the sports-entertainment juggernaut.
Speaking in a press statement WWE released, Wang seemed to insinuate he knows a quick debut and instant stardom is not realistic. "It's an honor to be the first-ever Chinese talent in WWE history. There are no fans in the world that show the same passion as the WWE Universe, and I look forward to training and developing my skills so I can perform for them in the future."
Wang is in the perfect situation at this point in his career.
At only 22 years old, he is still young enough that any bad habits he may have developed early in his career can be corrected or reworked by Matt Bloom and the other extraordinary trainers in the WWE Performance Center. He will also have the time necessary to develop an in-ring presence and character that speaks to millions of fans around the globe.
WWE does not go through the trouble to hold a huge press conference to introduce a new signee unless it believes it can make something truly special out of that competitor. Wang will have every opportunity to succeed, be it in NXT or on the main roster.
With such an incredible support system around him, and an entire country hoping he finds enormous success, the motivation is there. The biggest battle he will face is translation, both in terms of in-ring style and the language barrier.
If he can overcome both, and he can adapt to his new home, Wang will be a Superstar China can be proud of and the United States can welcome with open arms.