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WWE Signs Wrestler To Developmental Contract, Several More Signings Expected has confirmed that WWE has signed California-based independent wrestler Shaun Ricker to a developmental contract. He had been appearing as a featured heel for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, where he was at one point managed by the late Percy Pringle (a/k/a Paul Bearer).

Ricker is thirty-years-old, 6′ 1″, 225 pounds and originally hails from Hagerstown, Maryland. It was announced last month that he would be appearing as a contestant on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s action reality series on TNT, The Hero, which brings “ten ordinary people together in an unexpected and dramatic setting, then assign them various missions that will test their brains, their brawn and even their morality.” On the show, Ricker is billed as a “a struggling pro wrestler who has all the makings of a hero… honesty, strength, charisma. But does he have the compassion?”

The acquisition had been expected as the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported last week that Ricker as well as fellow independent wrestlers Sami Callihan, Samuray del Sol and Mike Bennett had undergone medical testing required to be signed to WWE. also reports that when WWE shifts its developmental station to Winter Park, Florida in the beginning of July—officially billed as the “WWE Performance Center”—there may be as many as twenty to twenty-two more developmental acquisitions as well as changes to the developmental staff.

  • The Killswitch

    Do you think guys on the independent circuit aren’t veterans in their own right?

  • WWE developmental has managed to find a couple of gems over the years. But by and large, there is no contest when compared to the older way of doing things, with guys coming up in territories and independants, before coming to “the big time”. Just look at the kind of talent they had in the 80s, in the early 90s “New Generation” era, and even the “Attitude” era. None of those guys were from any kind of “WWE developmental” program. All of them had been through a long process of becoming a veteran in the business (by some means, even Edge and Christian had been in it awhile before getting picked up).

    I just think training and developing your own talent doesn’t work nearly as well as just signing already trained, seasoned and experienced wrestlers who’ve been around and “Seen it, done it, etc”.

  • rob

    Ricker is legit talent and will make a top quality heel. he has the look, the skill, the charisma, the versatility to make one hell of an entertaining feud with anyone. cant wait to see this guy on the main roster