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MORE WWE NAME CHANGES
In a move which is becoming quite a regular occurrence, WWE has renamed two more NXT stars. The move was made official at last night’s NXT house show in Largo Florida. DJZ has been renamed Joaquin Wilde. He defeated Kona Reeves after making his entrance dressed in his light-up entrance gear.
I had an uncle named Joaquin. He LOVED pro wrestling, always wanted to be a wrestler but those opportunities didnt exist in the Philippines. I chose this name because by living my dream, im also living his dream. And WILD(E) is the perfect word to describe the way i wrestle! pic.twitter.com/SjGEmEPZ1z— Joaquin Wilde (@joaquinwilde_) June 7, 2019
Shane Strickland has also been given the renaming treatment, being referred to as Isaiah Scott. He competed in a tag team match, partnering with Brennan Williams. The pair defeated Brendan Vink and Jermaine Haley.
NXT CONTRACT CHANGES
According to the Wrestling Observer, new NXT members are being offered significantly different contracts from those who signed previously.
WWE is now offering stars five-year deals rather than the previous standard of three. The move is seen as a way of locking talent away from AEW. What we are seeing on the surface with the recent spate of name changes seems to be a direct result of the new contracts.
It is mentioned that the contracts while seemingly a better deal for the stars, do come with some drawbacks. WWE reserve the right to break contracts without needing a reason, the stars don’t have this luxury.
With the 90’s talent exodus obviously still vivid in Vince’s mind, WWE seems to have a clear plan to prevent history from repeating its self.
NATALYA & ALEXA BLISS MATCH BLOCKED BY SAUDI GOVERNMENT
Any hope of a women’s match at Super Showdown were dashed as several sources in Saudi Arabia revealed that Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss, a match was rumoured to be a late addition on today’s WWE Super ShowDown event, was not approved by the Saudi Arabian government.
At one point, the government had indicated to WWE they could have their first women’s match on this show, but then wavered on it.
The two women flew to Saudi Arabia this week.