The WWE seems to be starting the new year by infusing new talents onto the main roster, or, at least considering doing so.
In recent weeks, we’ve seen three of the top stars in the company’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, get looks from company officials at TV tapings and house shows. Seth Rollins (a.k.a. former Ring of Honor star Tyler Black), Dean Ambrose (a.k.a. Jon Moxley) and Leo Kruger all worked a number of matches for either Raw or SmackDown.
This weekend, we saw yet another one of FCW’s top talents compete at a Raw live event.
Antonio Cesaro, formerly known as Claudio Castagnoli in Ring of Honor, is on the road with the Raw crew this weekend. Cesaro made his main WWE roster debut at Friday night’s Raw house show in Jackson, Mississippi, teaming with Michael McGillicutty against Alex Riley & Mason Ryan.
Cesaro has been in Florida Championship Wrestling under a WWE developmental contract since September 2011.
I’m loving the fact that WWE officials are giving the top-tier talent from FCW a chance to prove they belong on the main roster.
While I am not all that familiar with Kruger, I’ve seen a number of matches involving Rollins, Ambrose and Cesaro, and rest assured that these guys could all make an instant impact on either Raw or SmackDown.
Cesaro is best known for what he did with tag team partner Chris Hero as the “Kings of Wrestling” in ROH, and it was expected that both of these guys would end up in WWE together to provide a lift to the tag team division. Hero’s contract negotiations with the WWE unfortunately hit a couple of snags, however, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be joining the company at the moment.
That’s OK, though.
Sure, it would have been great to see the Kings of Wrestling take over the WWE’s tag team division, but Cesaro is good enough on his own to become an important asset to the mid-card division immediately upon his debut and eventually join the main event scene.
It’s a great sign that he’s already working at Raw live events just five months after signing with the company because most FCW workers don’t do that until a year or more after they debut in developmental.
In a perfect world, Cesaro would make his way to the main roster sometime soon and be joined by both Rollins and Ambrose.
With the 30-Man Royal Rumble match right around the corner, perhaps having one of these guys debut during the match and eliminate a number of other competitors would be a great way to get their WWE career started off on the right foot.