WWE News: Triple H’s Approach to Signing Independent Talent; Two More Top Independent Talents Receiving Tryouts


Wrestling Observer has reported that Triple H’s developmental department has taken heed of the results from signing several top independent wrestling stars over the course of the last few years and are now more focused in following up on these, rather than college athletes or bodybuilders which was always the norm during John Laurinitas’s tenure as Head of Talent Relations:

Via WrestlingINC.com, the report states:

The success of guys like Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and mainly CM Punk and Daniel Bryan has caused a different feeling within WWE when it comes to talent coming up through the indies, and also talent that doesn’t have the look, size and physique that used to be the first thing WWE looked for.

El Generico‘s signing is said to be part of a bigger plan as WWE has a number of indy stars on their radar that they want to lock into deals. Word is that this is a Triple H move and more signings are coming.

Two of the names reportedly on Triple H’s list of prospective talent are Adam Cole and Sami Callihan.

Callihan is a 25-year-old Ohio native whose rise on the independent circuit has gained him much critical acclaim from wrestling critics and fans alike. Billed as “The Callihan Death Machine” Sami features mainly for Gabe Sapolsky‘s Dragon Gate USA and Evolve Wrestling promotions, but can also be found performing for Pro Wrestling Syndicate and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.

Sami previously worked a dark match for WWE last October, where he was defeated by Johnny Curtis. Despite this a tryout match where a talent is seriously scouted by officials and road agents occurs behind closed doors. If Callihan were to eventually join the WWE, he’d be rejoining former tag team partner Dean Ambrose, the duo known as Switchblade Conspiracy.

In-terms of Adam Cole, we here on WrestleEnigma.com have a good relationship with the current ROH World TV Champion, having interviewed him twice, once in August and again last month, where Adam spoke to me on his mentality and strategy heading into his Final Battle confrontation with Matt Hardy, which he would ultimately lose.

Cole has been reported as being on WWE’s radar for quite a while, a past report surfaced claiming he had been contacted along with The Briscoe Brothers about a potential WWE deal, but as he confirmed with me last August that was not the case as he’d not been in contact with WWE, but said he was open to one day joining the company.

Overall, to me this is a welcomed evolution in the way WWE examine talents. For so long now the independent circuit has been booming with fantastic talents, and as I stated in my article detailing why I feel Kevin Steen may soon be following El Generico to the WWE, they have apparently broken down the stereotypical image of what a “Superstar” should be.

Whether you like Triple H’s on screen character or not, you have to applause him for the job he is doing in the talent development department. Not only has NXT flourished under his guidance, but with talents such as CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro and Seth Rollins claiming big on-screen roles for the company, it finally looks like anybody could be the next WWE Superstar.