We’ve heard these names associated with WWE Developmental contracts a lot recently, so there aren’t major surprises in the slate of names the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required but recommended) says are headed to the Performance Center this Fall (after finishing up dates and passing physicals).
Dutchman Tommy End has already said goodbye to his German promotion, Noam Dar is headed to the Cruiserweight Classic, Ring of Honor’s Moose was hanging in Orlando before TakeOver and Irishman Big Damo was spotted at a tryout during the recent European tour.
What’s especially interesting about this crew is what they indicate about WWE’s talent acquisition strategy right now. With the brand split coming and expected mass call-ups of NXT talent, an increase in shows at larger venues outside of Florida - plus an increased international focus to all WWE’s brands - this quartet represents a move toward bringing in experienced talent with at least some established fan base.
End, Damo, Moose (real name Quinn Ojinnaka) and Dar have a lot in common with three names from the April Performance Center class. Tag team TM-61 is already on television, while Nikki Glencross (nee Storm) was prominently featured on the house show circuit almost as soon as her signing was made official.
Will the rest of this rumored post-SummerSlam group be veteran hands, or still rounded out with green workers with good looks and/or strong athletic backgrounds?
The next few weeks will probably give us a better indication as we wait and see how many NXT performers are promoted ahead of SmackDown’s move to live Tuesday broadcasts on July 19.
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