So, with WWE being in the UK the last few days they held a tryout in Manchester that featured some fantastic talents. Amongst those were;
Current Pro Wrestling: EVE Champion and inaugural Discovery Women’s Champion Sammii Jayne
The longest-reigning ICW Tag Team Champions Polo Promotions
Former Undisputed WrestleZone Champion Andy Wild
The only 3-time ICW Zero-G Champion Kenny Williams
Reckless Intent regular Michael Chase
The Marauders’ Iestyn Rees
PROGRESS standout Jack Sexsmith
Former ICW Women’s Champion Kasey
Isla Dawn (who you may have spotted on Raw as Stacey Coates)
Some surprising names in that mix, didn’t expect the likes of Andy Wild and Michael Chase (not that they don’t deserve it of course). This has caused some speculation as to who WWE may be looking to sign to bulk up the NXT title divisions and perhaps even some of the main roster scene. But just which UK talents should they sign within the next 5 years?
N.B – those that were included in the Cruiserweight Classic and Mae Young Classic won’t be mentioned here
Ideal Opponents; Neville, Pete Dunne and Gentleman Jack Gallagher
“The Revolutionary” Damien may not be a name you would associate with this list due to him only competing regularly for one promotion, but if you’ve seen his work (especially against the likes of Tyler Bate and Shawn Johnson), then you’ll know why he’s on here. The current Undisputed WrestleZone Champion has been having constant fantastic matches for the promotion and is one of the greatest story tellers in British wrestling. Put him against the likes of Neville (if he’s still signed to the company) or current United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne and you’ve got one hell of a match.
9. The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan)
Ideal Opponents; The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro), The Usos (Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso) and The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly)
Bit of a biased one since I find them so good and others (for some reason) maybe don’t, but The Kings of Catch are literally two of the best technical wrestlers in the world today. Both Aspen Faith and Lewis Girvan are fantastic against each other and also alongside each other, with their recent work for ICW in The Filthy Generation showing just that. Have them against fantastic teams like The Bar or NXT’s Undisputed Era and they just might put on match of the year.
8. Bea Priestley
Ideal Opponents; Sasha Banks, Asuka and Kairi Sane
Bea Priestley is one of the best wrestlers in the country. With doubters perhaps referring to her simply as the other half to the always popular Will Ospreay, Priestley has shown this to be a lie. Always putting on a great match no matter the occasion, she puts new meaning to match of the night. Put her in there with someone like Sasha Banks or Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane and you’ll have the best match of the year.
7. Travis Banks
Ideal Opponents; Finn Bálor, Adam Cole and Hideo Itami
How Travis Banks wasn’t at the tryout I don’t know. The Kiwi Buzzsaw has been the star of the year when it comes to British wrestling, holding gold in promotions like PROGRESS and the fantastic Lucha Forever. The New Zealand native has made a name for himself everywhere he goes and with WWE having a close relationship with PROGRESS, surely it won’t be long before we see Banks in a WWE ring.
6. Kenny Williams
Ideal Opponents; Neville, Cedric Alexander and Pete Dunne
One of the names at the tryouts was former three-time ICW Zero-G Champion and now professional security guard Kenny Williams. The Bollocks has made a name for himself with phenomenal bouts against names such as this year’s PWG Battle of Los Angeles winner Ricochet, Lewis Girvan and WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament competitor Jordan Devlin. After being given the right to appear on Raw as a security guard, it seems like WWE officials are high up on signing the high flying Glaswegian.
5. Sammii Jayne
Ideal Opponents; Billie Kay, Peyton Royce and Asuka
A more than deserving opportunity at the tryouts went to “The Queen of Catch” Sammii Jayne. Jayne has quite possibly been the best women’s wrestler out of the UK this year, with a win of the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship stating that fact. Matches against legendary names like Emi Sakura and Meiko Satomura allowed the world to see her fantastic abilities in the ring. Ideal opponents for her would be against names like The Iconic Duo and the undefeated Asuka. If WWE are looking to boost their NXT women’s division, then look no further than Sammii Jayne.
4. Joe Hendry
Ideal Opponents; Bobby Roode, Tye Dillinger and AJ Styles
You know what would be prestigious? If Joe Hendry was signed to a WWE contract. Having excelled in both professional and amateur wrestling over recent months and with the levels of charisma he has, the former Local Hero would fit right in to WWE. Plus he uses the Ankle Lock (sorry, The Hendry Lock) as a finisher which is a move used by many WWE stars throughout the years, from Kurt Angle to Ken Shamrock to the best man to apply the move Michael Cole.
3. Andy Wild
Ideal Opponents; Braun Strowman, Dean Ambrose and Killian Dain
PBW Academy graduate Andy Wild was the standout talent of 2016 with a rejuvenated in-ring style, leading to a tremendous reign as the Undisputed WrestleZone Champion. Having fallen under the radar a bit, the unstoppable Englishman wasn’t one of the names I expected to see at the tryouts. Nevertheless, Wild is someone who would fit in to Vinnie Mac’s big sweaty men category. Matches against the likes of Braun Strowman and SAnitY’s Killian Dain would be big powerhouse contests that would make the McMahon family a very happy place to be.
2. Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey)
Ideal Opponents; The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder), The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) and The Usos (Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso)
Scotland’s beeeeesssssttttt tag team were part of the tryout earlier in the week, as Polo Promotions’ Jackie Polo and Mark Coffey proudly represented Scotland. Polo and Coffey have already established that they’re the best tag team in Scotland and possibly in the UK as a whole with impressive performance after impressive performance. With a widely recognisable name and abundance of charisma they possess, why wouldn’t they be signed to WWE at some point in their careers?
1. BT Gunn
Ideal Opponents; Seth Rollins, Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura
The current ICW Zero-G Champion BT Gunn has had a fantastic 2017, with an instant classic back in July as he unsuccessfully challenged Pete Dunne for his WWE United Kingdom Championship. After winning the Zero-G Championship the next night to become the first ICW Triple Crown Champion, The Oddity added another point to the list of why he’s one of the best in the UK. A WWE contract would prove just that.
Who would you like to see signed from the UK to a WWE contract?