Both the cruiserweight and tag team divisions could be getting some reinforcements that are officially acknowledged this week.
With the WWE dealing with the latest rash of injuries, most notably to the likes of Paige and Samoa Joe, this would be a good time for a transfusion of new talent. Fortunately, it sounds like one is on the way, composed of wrestlers already reported to have signed with WWE and one who fans have been hoping would make the jump.
PWInsider says it expects the WWE to reveal some of its new signings this week, with names that fans of New Japan, Ring of Honor and PWG will recognize.
Tops among them is Trevor Mann, better known as Ricochet. Under a variety of names (and sometimes with a mask), he’s won titles in NJPW and just about every top indie promotion out there. Though his high-flying moves are breathtaking and he’s small enough to be a cruiserweight, Ricochet can work with bigger opponents a la Finn Balor, so it will be interesting to see how WWE uses him.
Also expected to be unveiled is the tag team War Machine, who Dave Meltzer reported had signed with WWE earlier this year. The team of Hanson and Raymond Rowe captured the IWGP tag team Championship twice in New Japan and also held Ring of Honor’s tag straps, and wrestled what should be their farewell NJPW match at New Year Dash.
One name WWE fans may already recognize is Candice LeRae, who’s already made appearances with NXT and competed in the Mae Young Classic. She’s also the wife of Johnny Gargano, so the two of them could be working together in NXT very soon.
Of course, Ricochet and War Machine could be sent to NXT too, even if it’s only for a few months through WrestleMania. Regardless, it’s good to see new faces coming in with others hitting the shelf, and this particularly wave could definitely make an impact.