Former Cruiserweight Classic participant and EVOLVE Superstar Tony Nese officially signed with the WWE, during yesterday's EVOLVE show in Joppa, MD.
WWN Vice President and booker, Gabe Sapolsky tweeted out the below message afterwards:
The signing took place during a dark segment involving NXT General Manager, William Regal. Regal offered Nese a WWE contract at the end of the show, which Nese accepted and signed. After signing the contract the entire EVOLVE team gave Nese a farewell.
Regal also said that more EVOLVE talent will be signed by the WWE in the future, which led to “Bro” chants directed towards former UFC fighter turned pro-wrestler, Matt Riddle who just signed a new contract with WWN, and has already appeared at a WWE tryout.
Sapolsky tweeted out a picture showing Regal give a seminar at tryouts held by WWN before the EVOLVE show:
William Regal lectures at WWN Seminar/Tryout now. This is gold. pic.twitter.com/imDZb96Kbq— Gabe Sapolsky (@BookItGabe) November 13, 2016
Nese was working regularly for the company with multiple appearances on both RAW and NXT but was not signed yet. However, with the new cruiserweight-focused show "205 Live" starting from November 29th, WWE immediately presented him with a contract as they need more Cruiserweight talent signed full-time.
Drew Gulak is another Independent superstar who's also been working regularly for the company. With appearances on both RAW and NXT, Gulak is yet to be officially signed by the WWE. He was offered a contract, but whether he signed it or not remains unknown.
Both Gulak and Nese participated in WWE's Cruiserweight Classic. Nese defeated Anthony Bennett in the first round but lost to the current Cruiserweight Champion Brian Kendrick in the second round.
Similarly, Gulak defeated Harv Sihra in the first round of the CWC but was eliminated from the tournament by current PWG Champion Zack Sabre Jr. Nese made his debut on RAW as a heel losing to the former Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins. He had another match on RAW against Rich Swann, which he won.
The video below contains footage from Nese’s match against Anthony Bennett in the first round of the CWC:
The video below contains footage from Gulak’s first-round match against Harv Sihra from the CWC:
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