Henry Cejudo, Jeff Cobb and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News
A pair of Olympic wrestlers in Henry Cejudo and Jeff Cobb could have both ended up in WWE NXT, but the former chose another combat-centered path.
Cejudo prepares to step into the cage at UFC 177 on August 30, going for his seventh straight MMA win. A recent interview points out that he considered choosing WWE developmental after leaving the amateur wrestling ranks. Cobb is set to take a step toward the opportunity that Cejudo turned away.
Other WWE NXT news features word from a recent show in Ft. Pierce, Florida, and Ring of Honor holding on tighter to its talents.
The ever-changing NXT roster has plucked big names from Japan and the independent circuit as of late. The company seemed to have a shot at adding Cejudo as well. Cobb could be WWE's consolation prize.
Henry Cejudo Reportedly Had WWE Deal 'In the Works'
Had things worked out, Kurt Angle wouldn't have been able to brag about being the only Olympic gold medalist to wrestle for WWE. Henry Cejudo, who won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games, chose MMA over pro wrestling, though.
Cejudo told MMAFighting.com that a deal with WWE was "in the works." He added, "One of their talent scouts saw me, met me and wanted to bring me in for an audition or whatnot. They had reached out to me and wanted to get a feel of it."
The grappler said that UFC was his No. 1 priority at the moment but didn't shut out the idea of stepping into the squared circle at one point.
WWE would welcome him. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestle Zone), the company told him it wanted to make him the next Rey Mysterio. That's likely a reference to his ability to reach the Latino demographic, not for his high-flying skills.
They don't teach hurricanranas in amateur wrestling.
Notes from Ft. Pierce Show
The NXT house show on August 23 in Ft. Pierce, Florida, featured two noteworthy items.
The results of the event, per ProFightDB.com, show Steve Cutler finally getting a win. On NXT TV, he's barely gotten more than a single clothesline in, but he scored a victory against Sawyer Fulton away from the cameras. His fanbase is certainly hoping that means that he won't forever be NXT's resident jobber.
Another intriguing result is that Kalisto teamed with Solomon Crowe.
Kalisto is usually paired with Sin Cara. Sin Cara's duties on the main roster may pull him away from that partnership, though.
That's where Crowe comes in. He has yet to debut on NXT TV, but this alliance may be his key to entering the Full Sail University stage.
Crowe's aggressiveness would be an excellent complement to Kalisto's style. Keep an eye out to see if this was just a one-time tag team or if the division is set to see a new face.
Olympian Getting WWE Tryout
WWE didn't snag Henry Cejudo, but it could pick up another Olympian.
He has wrestled on the independent circuit as Mr. Athletic for promotions such as California's All Pro Wrestling. Cobb has a stout, powerful frame and is an excellent seller.
He'll soon have a chance to show WWE officials what he can do, hoping to join the growing list of talented prospects in the developmental system.
Ring of Honor Signing Talent to New Contracts
Ring of Honor is going to tighten its grip on members of its roster.
According to PWInsider.com (h/t PWMania.com), ROH is working to re-sign many of its talents to new deals that will limit the amount of outside gigs they can take. The goal is reportedly to brand them as ROH wrestlers. As the report notes, this follows the company re-signing reDRagon and The Briscoes.
A number of former ROH competitors have made their way to WWE recently, including Kevin Steen and Sami Callihan (Solomon Crowe).
These new deals seem to be more of an effort to distinguish ROH from smaller companies as opposed to blocking wrestlers from going to WWE. Count on it being tougher for contracted ROH wrestlers to get WWE tryouts, though.