At the culmination of last night’s Survivor Series, three prospective wrestlers from WWE’s developmental promotion NXT crashed the ringside area disguised as security guards and assaulted the monstrous Ryback during the Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship. The three young stars were identified as NXT wrestlers Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns. The attack saw all three men power-bomb Ryback through a table which help CM Punk pin John Cena to retain the WWE Championship.
The question still remains: Who are these men from NXT? Why did they attacked Ryback and help CM Punk retain the WWE Championship? Let’s find out in this Pro Wrestling Examiner special profile report. Be sure to get a good look at these three new men in the slideshow attached to this article.
Rollins is formerly known as Tyler Black in Ring of Honor, before signing with WWE in 2010. Rollins has a shock of dyed blonde hair in his black hair and carries a more punk and heavy metal look. His in-ring style is full of range as he’s able to wrestle almost any type of style in ring whether it be a table-busting brawl or a high flying lucha libre fight. Rollins has been an acclaimed wrestler for years now who started out the independents in the Midwest where became the Hevyweight Champion of Chicago’s AAW Pro Wrestling. During this time, he also started wrestling for ROH where he would capture World title during the promotion’s time on the HDnet cable station.
Since WWE NXT started it’s residency earlier this year at Florida’s Full Sail University, Rollins has been a star of the show which airs on TV outside the United States and on Hulu Plus. Rollins stormed through a tournament to be crowned the first NXT Champion. It has been reported that WWE officials feel that Rollins has been ready for the main roster for some time now.
Ambrose formerly wrestled independently as Jon Moxley throughout the country including stints in Chikara Pro and Dragon Gate USA before signing with WWE in 2011. He has gained reputation as being able to cut intense promos on the mic and be able to be a feared villain. Before WWE merged Florida Championship Wrestling into NXT, Ambrose engaged himself in a feud with WWE vet and FCW commentator William Regal which culminated on the final episode of FCW TV which ended in a no contest. Ambrose also challenged CM Punk at an FCW event in October 2011, and lost in a 30 minute match.
Ambrose wrestled several dark matches at WWE events. This Examiner saw Ambrose wrestle on the RAW after Wrestlemania 28 in Miami, and he cut a digging promo on the crowd during his entrance. He went over on JTG in a few minutes of back and forth action which saw Ambrose work a brawling style similar to veteran wrestler Fit Finlay.
That same week Ambrose got into a controversial altercation with WWE legend Mick Foley where he accosted Foley at an event in Miami, saying he’s responsible for leading a generation of wrestlers astray. Amrbose was sent home from a Smackdown event in response for the altercation with Foley. You can watch a video of Ambrose and Foley’s confrontation in Miami in this article.
Leati Joseph Anoa’i is the real name of Roman Reigns, who comes the legendary Anoa’i family. He is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Sika of the Wild Samoans and is the cousin of the Rock. Roman’s brother is Rosey who is a former WWE star and currently wrestles for All Japan Pro Wrestling. Though he has the pedigree for wrestling greatness, Reigns was an aspiring Football star who played for Georgia Tech and did time practice rosters for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos. In 2010, Reigns joined the family business and signed with WWE.
Since then he has been competing in FCW and has appeared on WWE NXT. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE Cheif Operating Officer Triple H has taken a liking to Roman Reigns and wants to develop him into something special. Other reports have cited Reigns as the least prepared of the three NXT stars for the WWE upgrade, but time will only tell.
Now why these three young wrestlers attacked Ryback and smashed him through a table and helped CM Punk retain the WWE title, is yet to be seen. The obvious speculation is that they are in cahoots with Punk and his associate Paul Heyman with the collective men forming a stable for concentrated purpose of dominating the WWE. Punk has previously served as the leader of two different factions during his WWE tenure including the Straight Edge Society and the new Nexus.
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