WWE announces newest signees to the Performance Center

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WWE revealed a new crop of signees that feature names from other promotions and also an athlete from the WNBA.

WWE announced a new class of signees on Wednesday. The class includes several performers that wrestling fans will recognize, along with some others that are new faces in the industry. It is a move that helps add depth to the WWE roster and if used correctly can help set up the next group of names that wrestling fans want to see each week.

The two biggest names in the group include Deveon Aiken and Zachary Green, known as Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz in IMPACT where they were part of the Rascalz. That group was widely reported as heading to the WWE, but the third member – Trey Miguel was missing from the signee announcement. As of the announcement, there was not any word on whether he signed with WWE or with another organization in the industry.

Alex Brandenburg, Sojiru Higuchi, and Russ Taylor are three other wrestlers that fans will recognize. These three performers have competed in organizations like All Japan Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and GCW before making their way over to the WWE.

WNBA fans may be interested in seeing Anriel Howard listed among the WWE Performance Center signees. Howard was drafted 24th overall in 2019 by the Seattle Storm. She only played in three games, but she is an intriguing prospect as an athlete at 23-years of age.

WWE NXT is in dire need of some new talent. The women’s division has extensive depth to be bragged about, but the men’s group is struggling to catch up. These signings can potentially help, but that is if WWE Creative plays the long game in how these individuals are developed and presented to the fans. The same could be said for the tag team division, where a group like the Rascalz can have an immediate impact on the organization.

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COVID-19 has had a dire impact on the professional wrestling industry in 2020. WWE recognizes promotions like AEW and IMPACT as competitors, which is why they continue to roll out signing classes such as these. While that business practice does not always produce the best results, this is another group that could have a strong impact on WWE television, especially WWE NXT where they are needed.