The WWE has acquired the talents of several great wrestlers who are currently plying their trade in NXT. The newest superstar to join wrestling’s biggest company has now been revealed – former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Fergal Devitt (formerly known as Prince Devitt).
Here’s everything you need to know about WWE’s latest superstar signing and Devitt’s wrestling credentials.
1. Fergal Devitt Has Been Signed to the WWE and He’s Now Training to Become a Member of NXT
— Prince Devitt (@fergaldevitt) July 28, 2014
Today (July 28, 2014), WWE formally announced that they have signed international wrestling superstar Fergal Devitt to its NXT starting league. Devitt has been sent down to Orlando, Florida on the same day as this massive announcement in order to begin his formal training at the WWE Performance Center.
In an interview with WWE.com Devitt expressed his excitement and appreciation for finally joining the WWE, plus his previous visit to the WWE Performance Center:
This is something I’ve been looking forward to since I was maybe four or five years old. I grew up watching wrestling my whole life, so to get the chance to step in the ring that I’ve watched on TV so many times is a dream come true. I don’t consider myself anywhere close to the finished product, so I’m looking forward to this challenge and learning a new style. I’ve seen a lot of different training schools and dojos, and the sheer level of professionalism at the Performance Center and the state-of-the-art facility just knocked me for a six. It really blew me away.
2. Fergal Devitt is Known for Wrestling in NJPW and Other International Wrestling Federations
Fergal Devitt aka “Prince Devitt” is most known for his long-tenured career in New Japan Pro Wrestling. During his run with NJPW, Devitt wrestled as the Pegasus Kid in 2006, becoming a member of the Control Terrorism Unit, Apollo 55 and The Bullet Club and wining the Best of the Super Juniors tournament on 2 occasions. Devitt has also plied his trade in American Wrestling Roadshow, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Insane Championship Wrestling, Kaientai Dojo, NWA UK Hammerlock and Revolution Pro Wrestling.
Check out the video above to see what Fergal Devitt is capable of doing in the ring.
3. Devitt is Joining Some Familiar Faces on the NXT Roster
Devitt has wrestled all over the world and competed with or against several other international or independent wrestling talents. Devitt will join up with Sami Zayn (the former El Generico), Adrian Neville (the former PAC) and Becky Lynch (a female wrestler that Devitt helped train).
4. WWE Has Also Signed Another International Wrestling Superstar
On July 12, 2014 at a WWE wrestling event in Osaka, Japan, the WWE announced the signing of Pro Wrestling NOAH star Kenta. Like Devitt, Kenta has been relocated to Orlando, Florida to resume his training at WWE’s Performance Center. Kenta had previously visited the WWE Performance Center for a tryout on January 27, 2014.
You can watch the video above and check out Kenta in action.
5. An Indy Wrestling Star May Be on His Way to the WWE Next
Update: Kevin Steen is officially in the WWE and ready to showcase his skills in NXT!
Another international and independent wrestling talent may also be on his way to WWE soon. Kevin Steen, a Canadian professional wrestler, competed in his final match for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla on July 26, 2014. Steen hilariously told the crowd at the end of his match that he was heading down to Mexico to help his former tag team partner El Generico (Sami Zayn) raise some orphans. Most inside wrestling fans know that this statement is in reference to Steen possibly joining the WWE.
You can see some of Steen’s amazing wrestling moves in the video posted above.