WWE is interested in a significant amount of ROH wrestlers, according to the Wrestling Observer newsletter. WWE is now more open-minded about smaller, faster-paced wrestlers since they want to expand NXT so they can make it a nationally touring brand. In order to tour nationally then they would need wrestlers that can be ready to headline shows. I am sure this is welcome news to some of the wrestlers in ROH. Maria Kanellis was asked on twitter if she’d ever consider going to ROH and she didn’t hesitate to say yes. I would give her a look if I were in charge at WWE.
— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) March 6, 2015
The NXT live events on Thursday and Friday, while they were held in smaller arenas, were sold out and the fans were hot throughout the night. Reports from Thursday night’s show were that fans were into all of the wrestlers except for the special attraction match between Big Show and Ryback. So there seems to be a fan base out there that will pay for tickets to see an indie style professional wrestling show under the WWE umbrella. WWE seems to have softened their stance with TNA as well with their interest in Samoa Joe.
TNA wrestler Crimson also got a tryout with the company back in December. WWE announced today that they will be running an NXT live event in Tampa at the UACDC Gymnasium and in Jacksonville, FL on April 18th. Adrian Nevlle vs. Kevin Owens headlined the card at the WWE Experience event during the Arnold Sports Expo in Columbus, Ohio.
Triple H gave a speech at the show in Columbus on Thursday and noted that it was the first step in their global trek. Here is a short clip of Triple H’s speech: