PWPonderings.com reported on Jan. 8 that the WWE has signed independent wrestling star El Generico to a contract. The site has confirmed the signing with multiple sources, making Generico the latest indie superstar to join the WWE.
At one time, wrestling in the indies was not a sure-fire way to make it to the WWE, but last year CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, two men who became stars in Ring of Honor Wrestling, held the two biggest titles in the WWE.
Starting 2013, Punk and Bryan are still both champions, as is Antonio Cesaro, who wrestled in Ring of Honor as Claudio Castagnoli. Cesaro's old tag team partner Chris Hero is also in the WWE developmental territory, wrestling as Kassius Ohno.
It is also interesting to see that one of the biggest angles opening 2013 in the WWE involves The Shield. Two of those men, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, are both from the indies as well. Rollins wrestled as Tyler Black in Ring of Honor and Ambrose was Jon Moxley in CZW and Dragon Gate USA.
El Generico last wrestled in Ring of Honor in a world championship ladder match with his former tag team partner Kevin Steen. Steen started his huge rise to fame when he turned on Generico in 2011.
El Generico's gimmick is a Mexican Luchador, which is comedic on some levels because he is a lanky white guy. His nickname is the Generic Luchador. While he has a comedic character, he remains a high impact wrestler with very innovative moves, including a finisher where he drops his opponent with a brainbuster on top of the turnbuckles.
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