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Matt Riddle, Mia Yim, Chelsea Green among newest WWE Performance Center recruits

From multi-sport athletes to pro wrestling’s best, a new chapter in WWE has opened.

WWE continues to add athletes from all over the world into their family. Remember when we thought the class of Ricochet/Candice LeRae and War Machine/Raiders was awesome? The company decided to one-up themselves.

WWE announced via WWE.com the signings of Matt Riddle, Chelsea Green, Mia Yim, Chelsea Green, Humberto Carrillo, Daniel Vidot, Jordan Omogbehin and Luis “Punishment” Martinez.

Who exactly are these new recruits?

Matt Riddle

Arguably the most coveted free agent in pro wrestling today, Matt Riddle’s WWE signing was seemingly made official months ago during SummerSlam weekend. A former MMA fighter, Riddle was let go by the UFC in 2013. After working through various MMA organizations, Riddle decided to give pro wrestling a try. He ended up exceeding all expectations.

While he started a career in pro wrestling in 2014, it was in 2016 where he became a true breakout star. Riddle has won PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles Tournament along with Evolve’s Style Battle. He has won titles for Evolve, PWG, WWN and Progress, among others. “The King of Bros” has a following wherever he goes, and is sure to bring a unique skillset to WWE.

Mia Yim

WWE credits her for competing in two Mae Young Classic’s, but many fans will recognize her for her work in Impact Wrestling. Known as Jade in The Dollhouse, Jade ended up being a standout in that faction, winning the then-TNA Knockouts Championship once. She also won the Queen of the Knockouts tournament in 2016. Mia’s rivalry with Rosemary is regarded as one of the best feuds in women’s wrestling today.

Mia has also competed for Shine, where she is a former world champion, Shimmer and Combat Zone Wrestling. During her time in the Mae Young Classic the “Blasian Baddie” earned enough crowd support to convince Triple H to sign her. Now in WWE, Mia will look to make a true impact, no pun intended.

Chelsea Green

Another former Impact Knockouts Champion, the former Laurel Van Ness brings something different to the table.  A graduate of Lance Storm’s Storm Wrestling Academy, Chelsea appeared on Tough Enough in 2015 but didn’t make it through to the end. What did she end up doing? She proved she can be the very best.

Whether she is “The Hot Mess” or just Chelsea, this woman has the skills to be a future star in WWE. She just recently competed at All In in Chicago, in a fatal four-way that stole the show. She can currently be seen on Lucha Underground, for this season only.

Something to consider with her signing: We may finally get the reality show we’ve been waiting for with her and Zack Ryder.

Luis Martinez

Known as Punishment Martinez if you are a fan of Ring of Honor, this big man is everything WWE wants. Surprisingly athletic, Martinez’s in-ring skills have proven he could be a reliable asset anywhere. A New York native, Martinez has won the ROH World TV Title and their Survival of the Fittest tournament.

With a plethora of big men already in WWE and NXT, it will be interesting to see where Martinez fits in WWE’s plans.

Jordan Omogbehin

Did you every think someone could tower over Luis Martinez? Enter Jordan Omogbehin, one of the many multi-sport athletes WWE has signed.

The 7′ 3″ Nigerian is a former basketball player for the University of Florida and Morgan State University. While not much is known about him, wrestling wise, his talents have impressed WWE brass enough to help him work on his future.

Daniel Vidot

Another athlete from outside of pro wrestling, Vidot comes from the world of rugby. From 2009 to 2017, the 28-year old Australian has scored over 244 points in 124 games. Looking to expand his horizons, pro wrestling became the destination for this former winger.

Humberto Carrillo

Starting at the age of 15, Humberto is a third generation luchador from the Garza family. Wrestling for places like The Crash, MLW and Pro Wrestling Noah, he went by the name Ultimo Ninja.

Now 22, the young star is looking to be the next big thing in WWE. With young talent taking over the scene, could Carrillo end up being a standout in WWE’s latest group of pickups?

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    R-fan

    February 1, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    From the photo, it looks as if Triple H really likes Chelsea Green and Mia Yim and hope to see Chelsea Green on NXT soon.

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