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Major independent star signs with WWE

Modified 10 Jan 2013, 16:19 IST


Thanks largely to Paul “Triple H” Levesque’s increasing power behind the scenes, many new talents are being signed from the independent circuit with big plans being put in place for each of them. Despite contradicting reports that Levesque is only interested in larger, bodybuilder types (much like Vince McMahon prefers), he seems to be a big fan of many independent talents, and appears to be signing as many valuable indy names as possible.

Recently, we’ve seen the debuts of former independent standouts such as Antonio Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli), Seth Rollins (former ROH World Champion Tyler Black) and Dean Ambrose (Jon Moxley), to name a few. In addition to these men, guys like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan were both signed away from the independents in the last few years or so, and thus far, each of these men has gone onto some pretty great things in WWE. Add in exceptional talents like Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero) and Adrian Neville (PAC) waiting in the wings in NXT, and WWE fans are about to see some of the best talents in the world finally catch their big breaks.

Well, we can add yet another major name to this list of awesome talent. Former ROH World Tag Team and Television Champion El Generico has been confirmed to signing with WWE as of January 9th, 2013.

This is a huge deal, as Generico (real name: Rami Sebei) has been absolutely tearing up the independent circuit for years now. Sometimes overlooked for his smaller size, Generico has silenced critics with not only some serious aerial wizardry, but exceptional mat wrestling skills as well. On top of this, he has gotten over incredibly well with crowds despite wearing a mask his entire career and barely saying anything during interview segments.

Generico has wrestled all over the world, and brings in a ton of experience. At just 28 years old, he is already a 10-year veteran and has worked with every major independent promotion in the United States, as well as Dragon Gate in Japan and wXw in Germany. He left ROH this year after a feud with World Champion Kevin Steen, and has since been working for Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE, mainly. In January of 2011, he also had a tryout match with TNA, losing to former World X-Division Champion Amazing Red, and defeating fellow independent standout TJ Perkins the next day.

Generico joins Punk, Bryan, Rollins, Ohno, etc. as former ROH alumni who have finally made it to the big leagues of WWE, and if their careers are any indication, you can expect some big things from Generico (or whatever name he may use) in the very near future.

Published 10 Jan 2013, 16:19 IST
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