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Report: Tommaso Ciampa, 'Tough Enough' Patrick Clark sign WWE NXT deals

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Maybe Tyler Breeze is headed to the main roster to make room for some newcomers in NXT?

With rumors that Prince Pretty is on his way up, and speculation running wild about the future WWE Developmental landscape after a successful initial weekend of Evolve shows following the announcement of Triple H's undefined partnership with WWN Live, the future seems hard to predict.

And reports that a couple of guys with existing relationships with the company may have signed deals are kind of the least surprising bits of news you'd expect to hear.

But here they are anyway.

A friend of Tough Enough contestant Patrick Clark told The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show that the Washington, D.C. based wrestler had signed a Developmental deal and was currently in Orlando at the Performance Center. While there's been no confirmation from WWE, Clark did miss a scheduled show in Delaware on Friday, where his tag partner Lio Rush dropped their Maryland Tag Team Championship belt in a handicap match at a Maryland Championship Wrestling (MCW) show and another in Frederick, MD on Saturday.

PWInsider.com says that they have confirmed the deal, which they say will be signed as soon as Clark passes the usual medical evaluations. Mike Johnson's site also mentions that Lita, who is now working as producer for WWE, was instrumental in signing him. Clark will become the fifth contracted performer from the latest iteration of Tough Enough, joining winners Sara Lee and Josh Bredl, as well as ZZ and Amanda Saccomanno.

UPDATE: Today's Wrestling Observer Live also confirms the deal, and says that Clark officially starts at The PC today.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Tommaso Ciampa and Progress Wrestling were dropping hints left and right that The Sicilian Psychopath has turned his recurring guest spots on NXT of late into a permanent gig. The Wrestling Observer reported on the story, saying that they could not confirm it, but that they had heard about the possibility of Ciampa again signing with WWE a few weeks back and weren't surprised by it.

After losing his match on yesterday's show in London, Ciampa thanked the fans and said he'd see them on television soon. Progress promoter Jim Smallman said he gotten clearance from a friend in Blackpool (William Regal's home town) to have Ring of Honor alumni work a farewell match on November 1.

This would be the second developmental contract for Ciampa, who was in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in the late aughts. Along with Johnny Gargano, he's been featured across the last several NXT tapings, even making it to the last act of this past episode's battle royal to determine the new #1 contender for the brand's championship.

UPDATE: Ciampa downplayed the report in a Tweet from late Sunday:

We'll let you know if we get anything official on either man, Cagesiders? Looking forward to seeing Clark or Ciampa (or whatever they're WWE-trademarked names end up being) on Wednesday nights?

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