The dream is alive, ya'll.
WWE has signed international Superstar Fergal Devitt to its NXT division. He will report to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, today, WWE.com has confirmed.
“This is something I’ve been looking forward to since I was maybe four or five years old,” Devitt told WWE.com last week, while preparing for the trip in his home country of Ireland. “I grew up watching wrestling my whole life, so to get the chance to step in the ring that I’ve watched on TV so many times is a dream come true.”
Prior to signing with WWE, Devitt was widely considered one of the most highly touted free agents in sports-entertainment. Hailing from Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, his path to NXT and WWE has been circuitous: Initially trained in England, Devitt honed his craft in the U.K. and U.S. independent scenes before entering the notoriously disciplined dojos of New Japan Pro Wrestling. He also competed in Mexico, though it was in New Japan that he rose to greatest prominence, under the name Prince Devitt.
For those of you unfamiliar with Prince Devitt, here's a crash course in awesome--
Devitt's appeal doesn't end with his in-ring prowess either. The guy is a creative machine, consistently having some of the most entertaining entrances in New Japan, which is saying something. The guy gets his body painted so he looks like Carnage and Anti-Venom. That's not only sweet as hell, it's something that makes niche nerds like me stand up and take notice. He's like Jeff Hardy if Jeff had ever actually read a comic book and didn't apply his face paint while on Quaaludes. With the signing of KENTA already on the books and the rumor that Kevin Steen will be signed sooner or later, NXT is gonna be BALLER.
Now as far as Devitt's future goes, just like any indie darling it could go one of two ways. First, he could have a hugely successful WWE run the same way CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have. It will take a ton of work and time to get over, but it's possible. The other and more likely scenario is that the second Vince McMahon reads his own website and realizes Devitt's first name is Fergal he belly laughs so hard he poops himself and pairs him with Hornswoggle as a taller, meaner, more face-kicking friendly version of a leprechaun.
I'm hoping for the former, but honestly when it comes to Vince McMahon it's either or.
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