Stables have been a stalwart in professional wrestling for decades, going back to groups like the Four Horsemen and the Fabulous Freebirds. NXT has two big name stables in Sanity and the Undisputed Era, but there appears to be one more in the works.
During an NXT live event in Cocoa, Florida, NXT wrestlers Lacey Evans, The Forgotten Sons, Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler, and Chad Lail attacked Sanity in the ring. Lail was previously known as Gunner from Impact Wrestling and it appears he will be competing in NXT under his real name. If this is the new forming of a faction, the wrestlers did not divulge their new stable’s name.
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It is interesting to see NXT bring these four particular wrestlers together.
Evans has been wrestling in NXT’s women’s division and was recently in a program with Sanity’s Nikki Cross.
Cutler and Blake have been a tag team at NXT live events and recently appeared on broadcasts together. The duo recently their participation in this year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament.
All three wrestlers have been competing in the midcard of their respective divisions and could have chips on their shoulders because they felt they were forgotten by the fans and locker room.
As for Lail, he made his NXT debut at a live event in June 2017 in a loss against No Way Jose.
During his time with Impact, Lail had success, including reigns with the TNA Television and Tag Team Championships What is interesting about pairing Lail with Blake, Cutler and Evans is it’s kind of similar to how Sanity came together with Eric Young teaming with Alexander Wolfe, Nikki Cross and Sawyer Fulton – before he was injured and Killian Dain joined the faction.
Factions generally serve a couple of different purposes, one being to help talent get over with the audience. In this case, this stable could be a platform to help all four competitors get over with the audience. This benefits Blake, Evans and Cutler in the fact that they are doing something on NXT and not spinning their wheels.
In this case, fans could see this new group form on an episode of NXT and work a program with Sanity as a way to get the latter out of NXT when they are called up to the main roster. This new stable probably won’t have the same theme of anarchy as Sanity because NXT likes to debut their stars and tag teams in different ways.
Of course, there is a chance this stable does not make it to TV and are scrapped. Having these four come together at live events is a way to test them out and see how they work at live events, as well as how to gauge the crowd’s reception to them.
If this power group does make it to an NXT broadcast, then the brand has new some power players.
Speaking of newcomers to NXT, earlier this week WWE announced German MMA fighter Nicolai Salchow as the newest recruit to the Performance Center. In addition to his MMA background, he holds brown belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Luta Livre. He has won championships in grappling and Thai competitions.
Salchow attended a tryout at the Performance Center in last June.
Donovan Dijak Suffers Injury at NXT Vengeance Day
NXT Vengeance Day was a rousing success for WWE on Saturday which saw a number of headlines come out of the event that was well-received by fans, including an injury suffered by Donovan Dijak during his match with Wes Lee for the North American Championship.
Dijak suffered an apparent broken finger during the match, which was seen on camera and shared on social media.
Following the event NXT general manager Shawn Michaels provided an update on Dijak, stating he did not suffer a broken finger – “Yeah, everybody is good” Michaels said. “I announced it at gorilla, it’s got to be a miracle, It’s not broken.
“We got him x-ray, they said it’s not broken and so yeah, I guess what you do is you kind of numb it and put it back in place and that’s what’s happening now. But it is, again, a modern miracle because we all saw it, it was pretty gnarly looking. But, apparently, he’s going to be okay, which is obviously fantastic news for us and him.”
William Regal’s New Title in WWE Return
William Regal has made his return to WWE following his brief stint with AEW and now has a new title that is much different than what he had prior to his release from WWE during budget cuts last year.
Regal was Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting prior to his release. Regal was also the former General Manager for NXT and also had an on-screen role before he made his way to AEW.
According to PWInsider, Regal is now the Vice President, Global Talent Development for WWE.
Ahead of his return to WWE and amid his exit from AEW, Regal issued the following on social media:
“Yesterday was my last official day with @AEW. I’d like to thank @TonyKhan, Megha and all the hard working crew. Contrary to people who’ve never spoken to me or have their information from people who don’t know me or are trying to make themselves noticed, I had a lovely time working there and had a great time. Lots of talented Wrestlers, and lovely people to work for. To my fellow BCC members, it was a special, albeit brief few months but it cemented our already strong friendship. To everyone there, thank you for welcoming me. Best wishes.”
Ex-NJPW Star Karl Fredericks Signs with WWE
Former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Karl Fredericks has officially signed with WWE following the conclusion of his four-year tenure with NJPW. Fredericks announced on social media back in summer 2022 that he would not re-sign with NJPW.
Fredericks was initially linked to WWE last September, when he was reportedly spotted at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
According to PW Insider, Fredericks has officially signed with WWE and will be a part of the NXT brand initially.
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