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.