Every year around this time WWE signs a bunch of talent to their roster. This year, they have brought in four incredibly talented performers that have fans very, very excited. Two of them, King Ricochet and Candice LeRae, have been featured on Geekade before. War Machine damn well should have. Now, whether or not this will be the extent of “big names” signed by WWE remains to be seen. To be honest, there’s not much more you could ask for out of this group. Let’s take a quick peek at why I’m so excited for them and why you should be too.
Candice has long been Geekade’s favorite wrestler. After making a name for herself on the indies wrestling men and women alike, including some of the big names in WWE right now, she gained even wider notoriety as a part of the Mae Young Classic. Her matches as part of that tournament showed WWE higher-ups that she was not just a gimmick, and not just the wife of NXT Superstar Johnny Gargano, but a solid overall performer who had the crowd solidly behind her. There is a ton of money to be made with Candice LeRae, and as part of NXT, Candice will get all of the coaching she needs (which, honestly, isn’t much) to make herself a superstar. The potential for Candice to be the biggest female star signed to WWE is there.
Ricochet has long been on the WWE radar. As king of the “flippy shit” Ricochet has made a huge name for himself on the indies as well as in Japan. Any search for highlights will leave you amazed at what this guy can do. His match with Will Osprey in 2017 is one of the most athletic matches you will ever see. His work as Prince Puma in Lucha Underground showed that he could do solid character work and carry a brand. The only thing Ricochet needs to work on is his mic skills. That is not to say that he’s bad, just that everything else is so polished that the mic skills stand out a bit. He will be NXT champ and the face of the brand. There are big things ahead for Ricochet. I promise (hope) they will not fuck this up.
Hanson and Rowe have only been a team for a few years. I remember seeing Hanson, on the right, and Rowe, on the left, as part of the ROH Top Prospect Tournament in 2014. (spoilers, they ended up facing each other in the finals) I was impressed with both of them as they are relatively big guys who can move well, Hanson especially. After they joined together as War Machine, they went on a tear capturing belts all over the world and establishing themselves as a top team. In NXT we can look forward to the against Sanity, Undisputed Era, Authors of Pain, Heavy Machinery, and TM61 to start. I want (need) each and everyone of those matches in my life. As with the other two, there is big money in this team.
So there you go, a quick and dirty on the new signees. Big names with big potential that will most assuredly do well in NXT. As far as how well they do on the main roster, who knows? The talent is there. The booking should be easy enough at least in the beginning anyway. I’m over the moon about all of these signings and cannot wait to see what they do. With NXT Philly a week away we may see them in the crowd or even involved in the show. Check the videos below to see what you’ve been missing If you liked this article please like and share and follow me on Twitter and Instagram, @geekadedan. And make sure to check back next week for a preview of NXT Philly and, my favorite, the Royal Rumble. Until then…