WWE has had many warriors throughout its history from the Ultimate Warrior to “the Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich to the Road Warriors. The newest warrior to join their ranks is an American Ninja Warrior alumna Kacy Catanzaro.
WWE announced Catanzaro had reported to the WWE Performance Center.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) January 18, 2018
It has been a big week for the Performance Center and WWE. Catanzaro arrives at the facility just days after WWE announced it signed talents Candice LeRae, Ricochet and War Machine – Raymond Rowe and Hanson. The company also announced that Jordanian professional wrestler Shadia Bseiso and Kuwait athlete Nasser Al Ruwayeh started at the Performance Center.
This is an impressive signing for WWE in terms of bringing in an athlete with a diverse background. Catanzaro became the first woman to complete the warped wall obstacle course on “American Ninja Warrior.” Prior to etching her name in ANW history, she was a former Division I gymnast and made the list of Sports Illustrated’s “Most Fit Female Athletes in Sports” on two occasions.
Catanzaro also participated in a workout the Performance Center last January and was in attendance at the Mae Young Classic.
During the workout, Catanzaro said training in a WWE ring was unlike anything she had experienced in her athletic career. However, she felt her backgrounds in gymnastics and obstacle course racing would be a big advantage for in WWE both mentally and physically. She also appreciated the women’s movement that was happening, not only in WWE, but sports in general.
Some fans may sour on the idea of Catanzaro receiving an opportunity to train at the Performance Center and become a WWE Superstar because she has no prior professional wrestling experience.
There have been numerous athletes through the history of professional wrestling who have come in with no pro wrestling experience but have learned and proven themselves and become good workers. Everyone has to start from somewhere and fans should give Catanzaro a chance to shine and prove herself.
Where she may lack in the experience department, she comes into the squared circle with an impressive athletic background, charisma and a cool backstory.
Her background in obstacle course racing could make her standout from other wrestlers. She could base her in-ring skills around a mix of high flying moves and strength, but have the endurance and flexibility to take on a strong opponent.
Speaking of the WWE Performance Center, Wrestling Inc. issued a report – via the Wrestling Observer Newsletter – that former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III was seen at the Performance Center this week. Carter – also known as EC 3 – recently finished his run in Impact Wrestling.
There arerumors that Carter is going to make a return to WWE, and there is a possibility he may appear in the Royal Rumble on Jan. 28. There’s no word if he will use his old name of Derrick Bateman, which was his sports entertainer handle before he left the company, or if he will go by EC3, as he owns the rights.
NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom
NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.
Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.
“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”
Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.
Rey Mysterio Praises Andrade
WWE superstar Rey Mysterio believes that the company has a big star on their hands in Andrade .
“This kid is awesome” Mysterio said, during an appearance on the WINCLY podcast. “I mentioned it before, in previous interviews, but, every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero],” Mysterio said.
“This is how good he is! He’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade, as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”
Mysterio sees all the tools necessary to succeed in WWE.
“Just like anybody else, once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star,” Mysterio continued. “I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process, but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”
Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT
WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.
Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.
Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.
Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.
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