Just four weeks after confirming it’s latest batch of recruits, WWE has announced that three more names have been signed to the Performance Center:
Stokely Hathaway, both a wrestler and a manager on the independent scene and most well known for his role with Evolve, ”Hathaway gained a reputation in recent years for wheeling and dealing on behalf of other wrestlers”.
Robert Strauss, who worked for TNA as Robbie E, where he was a former TNA Tag Team Champion and has been described by WWE as a ”world travelled veteran”.
Cal Bloom, a former American Footballer and son of 1990s WWE superstar “Beau Beverly” in the early 1990s. Bloom was trained by former WWE superstar Ken Kennedy.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 11, 2019
However, just like four weeks ago, the reportedly WWE-bound KUSHIDA is notably yet to be announced as a Performance Centre recruit. The former NJPW was suspected to have not been announced last month due to ‘paperwork issues’, but the fact he is not in this batch might suggest otherwise.
Dave Meltzer has confirmed that KUSHIDA has signed for WWE, but the company are choosing to ”hide him”. This could lead us to speculate that NXT is planning on having him in the crowd at the next takeover event, just like Matt Riddle and Keith Lee have done previously. This would suggest that the company had big plans for, with them deeming a star of his calibre deserving more than a Twitter announcement.