Strange topic for a post like this I know, but would you expect someone to write about him without him actually doing something. That's why I am doing it because your not expecting it. This story has been told many times thus far in NXT with so many talents in a very short time. They start at the bottom and work their way up the card and get noticed by the fans and management as sort of a new face.
Following his repackaging as the "Drifter" many of us thought that this would be the start of his push and though it might be right now it's to early to really tell what Elias will be in the future. My early opinion of him is that he has the look of Damien Sandow and seemingly the personality of Curtis Axel. However, like I mentioned before it's a little too soon to make a judgment on Sampson as he needs a little bit more time to sink in. I think with enough time Elias may find his place in NXT I think we just really need to be able to make some sense of his gimmick before determining his potential.
Most wrestling fans make excuses why talent they don't like is getting a push and it's always any reason other then actual talent. Most of the time in that case it doesn't allow the fans to even given the talent a chance if they believe they achieved their success through less then "honorable" means.
Before I continue step this guy up for failure let me get to the point and I do have one, my point is that in wrestling matters more what talent the wrestler has and not who brought them to the dance, because ultimately they had to impress someone. Jerome Turner who recently signed a contract with the WWE had a big supporter in getting the deal done and his supporter is The Rock. As the story goes Turner was discovered by Pablo Marquez and Rocky Johnson which explains the connection to The Rock. In terms of background he has a big background in boxing and is being referred to as someone who could be "the next Big Show."
See what I mean some of you would just jump all over this and portray it as something bad even though its not like there are plans to put him directly on the Main roster or anything. Because having The Rock on his side could be both a blessing and detriment for a new signing especially one who is sort of green.
After months of waiting and even more question the former contestant and male winner of this season of Tough Enough Josh has finally been given a name in NXT. The man formerly known as Josh is now under the name of Bronson Matthews, he debuted at a live event 2 weeks ago saying that he had 250,000 reasons to prove himself and 2016 will be big year for him.
For once I actually like the name that WWE gave a new signing, I mean sometimes I do like the names but most of the time the names they give just have the smell of being the name only for copyright purposes. In this case the name Bronson Matthews has a lot more flavor then the name Josh so that helps him already. When he was on the show I thought that Josh was one of the few guys with actual potential which really doesn't say much, but I still think he was a good choice.
Former Tough Enough contestant Daria also competed on that same NXT live event she was wrestling under the name Daria Berenato which is her real name and she had the nickname of the "Jersey Devil." I am aware that other former contestants have been signed by the company and I've expressed my opinion about that already, but I'm not sure if Daria was one of the people they signed. Either way if they did everyone from that show has a tall mountain to climb due to the stigma that goes along with being on that show and winning that show especially.
Though many people believed that for a long time that WWE only looked for a certain look or build for a wrestler or diva. For years it seemed like WWE only signed talent that qualified as models or bodybuilders much like a certain NXT diva or Chris Masters.
At this point WWE is looking for various new faces to tour with NXT next year and though Vince has always been against signing talent from ROH & TNA for the Main Roster. The reason for this hatred is because Vince doesn't like signing talent that has had exposure on National TV previous. Though that idea seems dumb that all has to do with wanting to make his own talent from the ground up with nobody helping him.
However, this reason they'd fit in NXT is because Vince doesn't mind setting those talents much like Samoa Joe & James Storm to NXT. The reason being is that work rate matters a tremendous amount more in NXT then on the main roster these days. The question is who will be chosen to come into NXT next year?
As WWE continues to beefing up NXT's roster for the possibility of taking the once developmental brand on tour. WWE now has their eyes on former ROH World Tag Team Champions ReDragon. Apparently some talent maybe even trying to recruit the team to get them to come abroad.
Right now the negotiations for a new contract have slowed which has now given the WWE an opening to burst through and give in their "two cents." At this current moment it seems ROH and the team aren't close in terms of a contract agreement. But if ReDragon wasn't enough the WWE is also targeting Jay Lethal who much like ReDragon has his contract expiring in the near future which once again has at least given WWE a chance. However, I don't believe that after the year Jay has had with ROH that he would get up and leave especially if he still holds the World Title following Final Battle.
Though it seems to be common knowledge at this point that WWE is looking to build up the NXT roster to be able to tour next year more then they did this year. The only issue I see is that WWE doesn't get either of their targets, but this isn't the first time I've spoken about WWE having interest in ROH Talent. What we can do now is wait...... for more information and to see what happens following Final Battle on December 18.
Recently WWE has signed another big international this time it's NJPW and CMLL star LA Sombra. This move could bring WWE the big Latino star they have been wanting for a long time. As of this writing those within WWE believe that Sombra, who has began training at the Performance Center, and his apparent value could bring the company a big crossover star.
Sombra's in ring skills are what put him on the radar of the WWE and also his skills in speaking English also has only helped his case in landing a spot in NXT. Unlike other International stars that WWE has signed in the past Sombra is said to be very professional and takes a lot of pride in his work, also I think it seems important to note that he's unlikely to rub people the wrong way backstage. Sombra seems like the perfect example of someone who has all the tools to break the mold and shatter that selective glass ceiling that WWE has in front of talent from certain backgrounds.
We shall see if La Sombra's future will be this bright once he steps in the NXT ring for the first time. If so then we might be seeing someone with a very bright future.
As seen on a recent episode of NXT the long awaited return of Sami Zayn seems to be right around the corner. Sami has been injured since May when he suffered a major shoulder injury in his Raw debut against John Cena. When Sami went down he joined Jey Uso and Hideo Itami who went on the shelf around the same time as he did with the same type of injury. Now we are currently unaware if this means a return to the ring is coming soon for Sami, but one would assume that to be the case.
With NXT Takeover: London next week that will likely be were Sami return if he is to compete on that it is unknown at this point, but I would probably assume it is more likely that he will at least make an appearance and then return action at a later date. Though nothing is confirmed at the moment and only a few matches are even known for the upcoming Takeover it will be good to finally see Sami back in the ring as he would be great fit for both NXT and WWE right now.
As of early last week the man formerly known as the "New Horror Show" Sami Callahan asked for and was granted his release from the WWE developmental territory. Not much is known about Sami's sudden departure from the company, but it may have something to do with his tenure with the company being very uneventful and his presence in the company was progressively downplayed following his debut. His gimmick of being a hacker was awesome, but the little things that made the gimmick good were downplayed to the point of his gimmick seeming a little corny and not cool.
Prior to his tenure in the WWE, Solomon made a name for himself as a top star on the Independents in companies like PWG, CZW, DG USA, and Evolve. I think it's a pretty good bet that after how successful he was before WWE he wont have any trouble finding some work now post WWE.
It was a few weeks ago that I took my first look at the NXT roster and specifically one of the best Tag Team division in Wrestling. Two of the talents that have been the talk of the town over the last few months has been the current NXT Tag Team Champions of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. These two guys have shown so much talent over the last months after coming out of almost nowhere and have climbed to the top of the mountain. Dawson and Dash are the embodiment of an old school tag team and have even drawn comparisons to Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard due their in-ring style and ability to target a limb and exploit it.
Dash and Dawson are one of the many reasons why NXT has been one of the top companies in the world today and continue to remain atop the list. Though they may not have the charisma on the microphone it is sometimes just nice to see people wrestle and when you do hear them speak you know they can kick your ass.
Billy Gunn whose real name is Monty Kip Sopp has been fired by WWE after testing positive to a high rate of testosterone. from a powerlifting meet back in July. Recently Billy has been a trainer down at NXT and helped bring in James Storm. Due to the failure Gunn has a 4 year ban from powerlifting competitions. His drug test at the meet came up with a 37-1 testosterone level which is over the 4-1 limit. WWE has not announced who will replace him yet.