NXT New Recruits: A Closer Look at the New WWE Signings (VIDEOS)

WWE officially announced the arrival of three new women’s wrestlers and a referee to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando for the November class of new NXT recruits. While all three women were previously reported as signing with the company, WWE made those reports official on their social media and website.


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“The Smokeshow” was a star with IMPACT Wrestling from 2018 until earlier this year, before she was granted her release in June. The Chicago native has been wrestling since 2012, where she began with Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), training under Al Snow and Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore. She was a big part of AAW, managing the Besties in the World, as well as wrestling for such companies as Ring of Honor, AAA Lucha Libre in Mexico, SHIMMER, and Bar Wrestling to name a few.


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Shotzi Blackheart has been wrestling since 2015, where the West Coast native began on the California indies with Hoodslam, Goldrush Pro, and Alternative Wrestling Show (AWS). Over the years since, she’s become a top star with the likes of EVOLVE Wrestling, SHIMMER, Shine Wrestling, RISE Wrestling, IWA Mid South, Bar Wrestling, Game Changer Wrestling (GCW), and countless other international indies. “The Ballsy Badass” also had a tryout with IMPACT Wrestling in 2018.


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Australian indie star Indi Hartwell has already made some backstage appearances with NXT since her initial signing a few months back, but now she prepares to resume her indie career as part of NXT. The Melbourne, Australia native began wrestling in 2016, and soon became one of the top prospects in the Aussie indie scene, working with Melbourne City Wrestling (MCW), World Series Wrestling (WSW), Riot City Wrestling (RCW), and Newcastle (Newy) Pro. She’s also been a regular in the US with SHIMMER and RISE.


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Stephon Smith has joined NXT as a new referee, after starting out as a pro wrestler with Virginia’s Fusion Wrestling and other area indies in 2009. Over his 10 year career as an indie wrestler, he also worked with OVW, CHIKARA, IWA Mid South and others, before switching to the stripes last year.

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