WWE today announced three new recruits for the WWE Performance Center. One of which is the already announced KUSHIDA who many will know from his time in New Japan Pro Wrestling. The other two were lucha royalty Garza Jr and independent wrestling star Shane “Swerve” Strickland.
The International King Of Swerve comes to WWE with a resume of world title wins and tons of television experience. His high flying style made him a perfect fit for Lucha Underground where he played Killshot. He was a key player in later seasons of the show as his character developed into a more heelish, arrogant persona. He was also heavily featured in the early stages of Major League Wrestling‘s weekly show MLW Fusion as their babyface ace in the show’s early days. His in-ring talents mixed with his infectious charisma made him a sure-fire star and once the Keith Lee’s and Matt Riddle’s departed the scene Strickland stepped up. He leaves the indie scene as a former PCW ULTRA Heavyweight Champion, EVOLVE Champion, MLW World Heavyweight Champion, WC (WrestleCircus) Ringmaster Champion and CZW World Heavyweight Champion. Strickland could be a big get for NXT and a future star if managed properly.
Cousin of Humberto Carrillo and someone that has been on the WWE radar for a long time, and we mean a very long time. He is a member of a Lucha dynasty as the grandson of El Ninja and nephew of Hector Garza, his last few years in Mexico didn’t see him achieve much success as he was always rumored to be on the verge of joining WWE but he has been a major part of The CRASH Lucha Libre as a big heel for some time now. He also has previous experience with televised wrestling as he was previously a member of the Impact Wrestling roster when he teamed with Laredo Kid as part of the tag team division.