NXT will be raided when the brand split comes, and with the brand only growing more and more popular, they are in need of some big names to help sell out their various house shows.
It was previously reported that WWE was looking to sign both Moose and Roderick Strong, and while there is no word on Strong yet, it appears as though the 32-year-old ex-NFL player is headed for Orlando.
Moose was not the only name to be listed in the Observer’s list of the newest NXT class. In addition to the ROH star, there was more confirmation that Dutch independent star Tommy End would soon be WWE bound in September should they pass their physicals. American fans who follow the independent scene are undoubtedly familiar with End’s appearances in EVOLVE and PWG as well as his partnership with Chris Hero, and his hard-hitting style should fit right in with the NXT roster.
Along with End and Moose, Noam Dar, a participant in the upcoming WWE Cruiserweight Classic, is named as a signee, as well as British independent star Big Damo (Damian Mackie).
Dar is only 22, but he already has made a big name for himself overseas and is considered by many to be among the favorites in the CWC.
Mackie, on the other hand, is already 31, but with NXT looking to bring in more established stars rather than projects, he fits that mold well, and he has a WWE connection having trained under NXT trainer Robbie Brookside. He is also humongous, as he stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs over 320 pounds.
All four of these signees have the potential to be major players in both NXT and WWE, and it will be interesting to see how they come across on WWE television once they debut (assuming they all clear the final hurdles in getting signed). Moose probably has the most potential to fit the mold of what WWE is looking for, but all four are extremely talented and could end up becoming stars down the line once they adapt to the WWE/NXT style.
(Via The Wrestling Observer)