Prince Devitt, Kevin Steen and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News
Prince Devitt is officially a part of WWE NXT, so let the speculation and rumors point to Kevin Steen now.
WWE development added a highly talented wrestler in Devitt. A pair of recent hints suggests that Steen is on his way to Full Sail University as well.
Other NXT news centers on another company locking up a tag team to a new contract, a defensive lineman continuing to express interest in joining the WWE family and a new hire from Hollywood to help prospects' development.
No, it's not The Miz.
NXT is already must-watch TV for WWE fans. Having Devitt and possibly Steen in the fold will only make that more true.
WWE Signs Prince Devitt
The competition at NXT is about to get mighty tough. After months of rumors, New Japan Pro Wrestling star Prince Devitt (real name: Fergal Devitt) is officially coming to WWE developmental.
WWE announced on its website that it has "signed international Superstar Fergal Devitt to its NXT division." TMZ later reported that Devitt visited the WWE Performance Center, where Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes gave him a tour.
He joins Kenta as a big-name addition coming to NXT by way of Japan.
Devitt is a superb athlete who has delivered great matches against a number of wrestlers, including current NXT prospect Adrian Neville when he was still known as PAC.
His arrival will force the NXT wrestlers to work harder to keep their spots. His physical gifts and electric energy will see him ascend the NXT ladder in a hurry.
In an interview with Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Devitt said, "I'm excited. Excited to get started. Excited to see where the journey goes and I'm looking forward to getting in the ring for WWE."
His fans have to be just as excited.
NFL Hopeful Talks of Desire to Join WWE
Tyrone Ezell has been vocal about his affinity for pro wrestling and continued to be so in a recent interview. The former defensive tackle for the University of Pittsburgh is currently in the New Orleans Saints' training camp.
Ezell told NewOrleansSaints.com, "It's always been my dream as a little kid to be a professional wrestler," adding that he "wouldn't mind doing that if it ever came down to it."
His 6'4'', 310-pound frame and athletic ability make these remarks notable for WWE. Should he fail to make the Saints' roster, NXT would likely be happy to have him aboard.
This is one explosive hoss whom officials will have no trouble getting motivated to step into the ring. The WWE might seem silly to some, but not to someone with a passion for the business like Ezell.
Ring of Honor Tag Team Re-Signs
A pair of fun, exciting wrestlers won't get a chance to become free agents, and WWE or TNA won't get a chance to snatch them away from Ring of Honor.
ROH announced on its website that the company re-signed Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly, known as "reDRagon."
The ROH tag champs may not be the ideal prospects due to their Daniel Bryan-like size, but WWE has shown that it values talent enough to overlook that aspect. Solomon Crowe and Simon Gotch earned their way into NXT despite not being built like Roman Reigns.
Fish and O'Reilly won't be joining them anytime soon.
Johnson of PW Insider reported in June that someone independently "inquired about their interest in working" for TNA, but Johnson was told that "no TNA executives ever had a discussion" with them. ROH seems to have sensed the outside interest in their tag champs and locked them up.
That gives WWE and TNA officials one less team to acquire.
Hints That Kevin Steen Is Headed to WWE
WWE has yet to announce that Kevin Steen is coming to NXT, but there are some possible signs that he will indeed join Kenta and Prince Devitt as the latest big name to sign.
In a promo for an upcoming match against Steen for Northeast Wrestling (seen in the video above), Jerry Lawler mentions his opponent having one last match before going to "the big time."
At a recent Pro Wrestling Guerrilla show, Mike Carpowich of PWInsider reports that Steen delivered a speech about leaving PWG behind. He explained his impending absence by saying he would be joining El Generico (now Sami Zayn) in Mexico helping orphans.
That was how Zayn explained leaving the indy circuit before he made his way to NXT. Steen choosing to reference that feels like a strong hint that he will follow his former friend and foe to Florida.
As the rumors surrounding Kenta and Devitt were proven to be true, the countdown to Steen's potential arrival begins.
NXT Gets Acting Coach
If the promos at NXT start to get better, fans can credit the influence of a man who has coached Brad Pitt, Will Smith and The Rock.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc.com) WWE has hired acting coach Howard Fine to work with its NXT prospects. This is just another resource that the NXT system has to offer its talents.
In the old days, a wrestler used to just practice their interview skills in front of a mirror.
Having a trained professional help the athletes learn how to better emote and deliver their lines is smart. They get plenty of coaching on the physical aspects of the business, but the acting side of things is vital as well.
Fine probably comes at a hefty price, so it's not likely he becomes a mainstay at the Performance Center. WWE could bring in less famous acting coaches more regularly in the future, though.