Millie McKenzie & Harlem Bravado Sign WWE Deals, More on WWE’s Current Signing Spree
Indie wrestlers Millie McKenzie and Harlem Bravado reportedly have recently signed official developmental contracts with WWE, according to TalkSport and PWInsider. TalkSport’s Alex McCarhy reported that McKenzie is currently expected to work for WWE’s NXT UK brand.
In regards to WWE’s current signing spree, the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer reported in a recent episode of the Wrestling Observer Radio that the company has signed around “two dozen people” at the moment, which includes Taya Valkrye, Eli Drake, and others recently reported.
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that WWE’s newest class of signees is currently scheduled to report to their Performance Center on February 23rd.
Backstage News on NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day Event
Following Sunday’s NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day event, Triple H held a post-show media call discussing several NXT related topics.
Triple H stated that he has been a big fan of Eli Drake, now known as LA Knight in NXT, since his first time in the company’s developmental system. He also stated that Drake’s signing was something he had been wanting to do and waited for when the timing was right for both sides.
Triple H also stated that there were no injuries suffered by any of the talent who performed at the event.
In regards to the NXT Women’s Championship match, PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that NXT officials had originally scheduled for the match to go about twenty minutes in length. Johnson reported that the reason why the match went shorter than scheduled was due to the botched announcer’s table planned spot, which broke apart prior to the spot taking place.
Full post-show media call (via Fightful):
Backstage Reaction to Damien Priest’s Main Roster Call-Up and Work Effort
Damien Priest made his official WWE main roster debut at last month’s Royal Rumble event and his official debut for the RAW brand during the February 1st episode of RAW.
Fightful Select reported (via 411Mania.com) that high-level sources spoken to within the company stated that Priest is well-liked backstage and “turned heads” in terms of the very positive impression he made on WWE officials over his performance during the Men’s Royal Rumble match and subsequent debut on RAW.
One source spoken to stated that the company gave Priest a full plate of workload for his first two nights on the main roster and he “did everything they could have expected” right away.