In a move that had been anticipated for months, the WWE has officially signed Fergal Devitt, better known to wrestling fans as Prince Devitt.
Word started to spread back in May that Devitt had signed with the WWE but he would first finish up his current bookings and get his working visa. Now, he is in the fold and reported to the WWE Performance Center on this morning where he will train and be a part of the NXT brand.
The 33-year-old Devitt has wrestled all around the world during his 14-year career best is best known for his eight years of work in New Japan Pro Wrestling where he is a former three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and a six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. He was most recently a part of the Bullet Club in NJPW along with members Karl Anderson, AJ Styles, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga, Doc Gallows and Matt and Nick Jackson (The Young Bucks).
Devitt had his final match for the promotion on April 6 where he lost to Ryusuke Taguchi. The following day, NJPW announced his resignation from the company.
Many had wondered if the Irishman would ever bring his incredible talents to the WWE a deal was stuck earlier this year and now he is with the global giant.
“I don’t consider myself anywhere close to the finished product, so I’m looking forward to this challenge and learning a new style,” Devitt told WWE.com.
As for his goals in the company, he went on to say, ““The target would be John Cena, because if you’re wrestling John Cena, you’re in the main event.” He added that he would also like to get in the ring with fellow countryman Sheamus, especially since the two have never wrestled.
Now, the question will be not if but more likely when Devitt will be brought up to the main WWE roster. For now, he will be a part of NXT and you have to wonder if he might even debut at the next NXT tapings which take place this Thursday at Full Sail in Winter Park, FL. No one would be surprised if he was immediately put in a feud with standout Sami Zayn which would be a dream matchup for many fans.