The NXT Performance Center is going to get another influx of talent.
WWE announced the signings of seven new wrestlers today, ranging from independent wrestling stars to raw athletes with no prior experience. A few big names stand out at the top of the class, including two stars who had been all but confirmed as signees until today’s announcement. The signed wrestlers are as follows:
- Matt Riddle
- Chelsea Green
- Mia Yim
- Punishment Martinez
- Humberto Carrillo
- Jordan Omogbehin
- Daniel Vidot
Riddle and Yim are two names that WWE fans should already be familiar with. After appearing in a patented NXT crowd shot at TakeOver: Brooklyn, Matt Riddle has already made his in-ring debut for the promotion. The King of the Bros is one of the most highly-touted wrestling prospects in the world, winning the Wrestling Observer Newsletter “Rookie of the Year” award in 2016 after leaving the UFC. The former EVOLVE Champion should be a major piece of WWE moving forward.
Yim is another signee who’s name should be recognized by many wrestling fans. The former TNA/IMPACT standout has appeared in the inaugural two editions of the Mae Young Classic, earning wins in both tournaments and impressing fans with her dazzling array of strikes. With a re-tooling women’s division in NXT, Yim looks poised to be a major player for the brand in the near future.
This one comes with a little bias, admittedly – Chelsea Green is one of my favourite wrestlers in the world, period. The Hot Mess has been on WWE’s radar for the past number of years, with Green even making an appearance on the 2015 edition of Tough Enough. Matches with names such as Tessa Blanchard and Rachael Ellering as well as the recent women’s fatal four-way at All In have elevated Green into one of the premier wrestlers on the independent scene. She’s routinely been referred to as the best character worker outside of WWE, and none other than Petey Williams himself bestowed the honour of using the Canadian Destroyer onto her. As one of the most interesting wrestlers in the world, Green represents a massive signing for WWE, and may turn out to be the biggest star of this crop of signings.
Punishment Martinez is a three-year Ring of Honor veteran and one-time ROH World Television Champion. This year, Martinez was ranked #187 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500. While not someone I’m entirely familiar with, he enters the WWE with a ton of hype and is someone I’m looking forward to watching in the near future.
Humberto Carrillo, 26, is a member of the famed Garza family of pro wrestling. Already a ten-year veteran of the sport, the former luchador has recently debuted for NXT, appearing at house shows in losing efforts thus far. Carrillo represents another massive addition to WWE as they attempt to build their presence worldwide.
The 28-year-old Daniel Vidot is a former professional rugby player from Australia, who retired last year to pursue a career in WWE. While Vidot may lack experience, his massive 6’4 frame should get him noticed quite easily by Vince McMahon.
Jordan Omogbehin is another former athlete-turned-wrestler signed to the WWE today. Prior to turning to wrestling, Omogbehin starred in college basketball, playing for the University of South Florida and Morgan State University.
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