Late last night WWE confirmed six new signings
to developmental contracts, with two very notable names, and some other interesting
prospects. Most noteworthy is of course Mercedes Martinez,
real name Jazmin Benitez, who has appeared in WWE before, making her way to the semifinals
of the inaugural Mae Young Classic, while also appearing in the 2018 version. Most interestingly
though, she has also recently appeared for AEW, as part of the Casino Battle Royale at
All Out on August 31st, 2019, and had a match on AEW Dark on November 5.
AEW may consider this a major snub as Martinez was one of the more over female talents to
appear on their ever expanding roster. Then again, considering it’s been quite a while
since those two appearances and no reports of offers from AEW have surfaced, perhaps
she wasn’t on their bucket list. It’s been reported for quite some time that
WWE were interested in signing Martinez, and it’s almost surprising it’s taken them
this long to hop on the Mercedes train. …do Mercedes make trains? Either way, it’s good
to see Martinez finally joining WWE, where she will join the stacked NXT women’s division
to add her own brand of badassery. Rhea Ripley vs Mercedes Martinez? Yes please.
Mercedes tweeted her joy of signing by saying: “See that SMILE??!!! who says dreams can’t
become a reality?!! I worked for this moment for 19yrs!! I’m where I’m SUPPOSED to be at
this moment in time. Sacrifice, determination, hardwork, motivation, & staying humble got
me here. THANK YOU *puerto rico flag emoji* *pride flag emoji* *heart emoji*”
On top of this, fans won’t have long to wait to see Martinez in action, as on WWE
Backstage, it was confirmed that she will be a competitor in the battle royale to determine
the number one contender to Rhea Ripley’s NXT Women’s Championship.
Another notable name among the six new signees was indie standout Jake Atlas, real name Kenny
Marquez, who came to prominence in PWG among other promotions in and around California.
Atlas has also appeared on WWE-themed programming before, being a feature of an episode of “Undercover
Boss” with Stephanie McMahon, where he mentioned on there he wants to become the first openly
gay WWE champion. Atlas is currently only 25 years old, so one
has to think the standout has a bright future ahead of him. Atlas has experience in gymnastics
and cheerleading, who hopefully lends itself to an exciting in-ring style, and not him
becoming a solo version of the Spirit Squad. The other four signees were Emily Andzulis,
a 27-year old jiu jitsu athlete who appeared on and won The Rock’s reality TV show, Titan
Games, Sidney Bateman, a 27-year old acrobat and former member of Cirque Du Soleil, Anthony
Francis, an athlete with five years of NFL experience under his belt, and Zechariah Smith,
a 7ft tall behemoth and former basketball player.
There’s one more news story to cover very quickly, and that’s about contracts again!
This time it’s about Elias, and as revealed on WWE Backstage, Elias has signed a new multi-year
deal with WWE, which honestly, is probably the least shocking thing to happen in 2020.
While the length of the contract has not been disclosed, considering many of WWE’s talents
have been getting locked down into 5 year contracts, it would be surprising if Elias
was anything different. It seems like the WWE universe will be walking
with Elias for quite some time to come. If it’s this long of a walk, I guess it’s
more of a hike at this point. Or a pilgrimage. Anyway, that was the news, press the videos
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