WWE is getting more aggressive with their plans to sign more women’s wrestlers. As noted over the weekend. Io Shirai is headed to WWE but she’s not alone.
However, Xia Brookside is believed to be headed to WWE or at least for a short stint in the Mae Young Classic. Brookside is not telling people why she has canceled her summer bookings but has indicated that she has a big opportunity coming up this summer. Usually, that is code for “I’m going to WWE.” Wrestlers are told that they have to keep things quiet so that is why she is not outright saying that WWE contacted her. Her father, Robbie Brookside, is a trainer at the WWE Performance Center.
Deonna Purrazzo is another name on the list of names believed to be headed to WWE because she cut short her next planned Stardom tour. Meltzer reports that she appears to be headed to NXT. She could also be in the Mae Young Classic. Purrazzo has been on WWE’s radar for some time. Some of you might remember when she appeared on Smackdown Live as the mysterious spider lady. In later weeks, the woman was revealed to be Mickie James. Purrazzo was added as a last-minute replacement during last year’s Mae Young Classic and she did extra work for WWE as part of the Rosebuds back in 2014.
The Stardom promotion in Japan is taking a hit because Bea Priestly canceled her July and September dates. She is saying that its because she and boyfriend Will Ospreay are looking for a home in New Zealand. It makes sense because Ospreay is looking at getting booked in Australia and New Zealand for much of the summer. His goal is to help elevate wrestling in that part of the world. At this point, there is nothing to report about her going to WWE but you can look for more names to get contract offers as WWE continues to work to expand into other countries. Now, more than ever, independent promotions should be concerned because the new WWE TV deals mean that there is more money for them to spend on talent.