WWE: Big Names Rumored To Sign In 2018, Including Ricochet


The biggest name in sports entertainment may be getting some high-profile talent early next year

The WWE Performance Center will soon get an influx of incredible talent. According to PWInsider, the WWE will likely announce the signing of three big-name stars in January 2018. These wrestlers are Ricochet (AKA Prince Puma in Lucha Underground) as well as Warbeard Hanson and Ray Rowe who make up the duo known as War Machine in Ring of Honor and NJPW.

Ricochet’s time with NJPW saw him win six tag team championships and work alongside notorious stars like Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks. He confirmed he had wrestled his last match for the promotion on November 8th of this year. Most WWE fans will likely recognize him (or at least his tattoos) for his role as Prince Puma on Lucha Underground.

I am a big fan of LU and his performances were some of the best you will see on that program. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported back in April that Ricochet apparently left LU on less-than-desirable terms, with him being quoted as saying an “underground fighting company holding [him] back” was the reason he had not yet been signed by a “major promotion.”

Ricochet’s contract with LU technically ended in June, but it also stated that he could not appear with another promotion until the televised season had concluded. The finale aired in October.

War Machine has also captured tag team titles in NJPW and ROH and could give new life into a stale division on Raw or SmackDown. Don’t get me wrong, I love New Day and The Usos, but someone else needs to hold those belts and I don’t think Breezango or even the Bludgeon Brothers will be the ones to do it.

War Machine is scheduled to wrestle one final match for NJPW in early January at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo, after which they are expected to formally sign with WWE.

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While the company is consistently searching for new talent, this caliber of well-known superstars should have an immediate impact on both Raw and SmackDown and could pave the way for an entirely new version of the WWE in 2018. Fans should be more than excited.