WWE is building a solid base for its future with some very strong building blocks, like one of its newest signees, Fergal Devitt.
Known as Prince Devitt, he made quite a mark, adapting and competing in various companies, especially Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Irish born, Fergal’s journey began in 2000 with NWA UK Hammerlock, a British pro wrestling group based in Kent, England. Through the years, the 33-year-old developed into a prominent in-ring worker, even flying out of it at times. Aggressive, aerial, physical, fast-paced, the 5-11, 180-pounder can work all shapes, sizes and styles.
Pleasing to guys like Fergal, you don’t have to be the big, monster type to reach top level star status in WWE. Look at the success of the 5-6, 155-pound Rey Mysterio Jr. in WWE. More recent, Daniel Bryan (5-10, 210) took it to a whole ‘nother level.
Fergal attended an NXT show at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce, Fla., and the main event featured a couple of guys Fergal’s wrestled in the past. NXT champ Adrian Neville (5-10, 195) competed in an exciting four-way with Sami Zayne (6-1, 205), Tyler Breeze (6-0, 195) and WWE superstar Tyson Kidd (5-9, 205). They created quite the match with the crowd captivated, immersed, chanting, “This is awesome.”
Fergal, who can’t wait to debut in NXT, fits right in, continuing a new wave of prominent superstar in sports entertainment. Japan’s Kenta Kobayashi (5-9, 180) from Pro Wrestling Noah and Canadian Kevin Steen (5-11, 240) of Ring of Honor join Fergal, making an impressive list of newest WWE signees.
They will make the transition to sports entertainment, learning from a Dream Team of trainers and producers at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando. One of those WWE licensed educators is Matt Bloom (Albert, A-Train, Tensai), someone very familiar to Fergal.
Fergal also discussed fellow Irishman Sheamus, who’s done very well in WWE.
With the emergence of newer WWE divas and superstars like Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan), The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins), Bo Dallas, Adam Rose, Xavier Woods and Paige, the company is proving that the developmental program in place at the WWE Performance Center is already working.
And having quality NXT shows -- emphasizing Raw level production -- live on WWE Network is helping the next wave which includes Breeze, Neville, Zayn, Corey Graves and Mojo Rawley to name a few and then others, notably Fergal, Kenta and Steen.
As the NXT T-shirt reads, “The Future Is Now.”
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• See now’s future with NXT Takeover live on WWE Network on Sept. 11 from Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando. WWE Network is available for $9.99 a month and includes NXT shows as well as all WWE pay-per-views.
• NXT returns to the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce on Oct. 4. See the next generation of WWE superstars and divas along with a pre-show autograph session included in the price of admission -- $20 ringside, $10 general admission.
• WWE’s NXThttp://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt