During WrestleMania weekend, it was revealed that Kushida had officially signed with the WWE. Today, two more superstars who were rumored to be joining the company have been officially revealed as members of the NXT roster along with the Time Splitter.
On WWE’s official website, it was revealed that the Black & Yellow brand had signed former Evolve and MLW Champion Shane Strickland and Humberto Garza, known in other promotions as Hector Garza.
— WWE Recruit (@WWERecruit) April 17, 2019
Below is WWE’s official statement on bringing in the trio.
Kushida, Shane Strickland and Humberto Garza report to WWE Performance Center
A trio of internationally renowned Superstars have reported for training at the WWE Performance Center.
Alongside recently announced NXT signee Kushida, Stephon Strickland, a breakout star from the American independent scene better known to ring fans as Shane “Swerve” Strickland, and third-generation luchador Humberto Garza, aka Garza Jr., began this week at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Fla.
Originally from Tacoma, Wash., the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Strickland is a fleet footed competitor with show-stealing potential. Known for his fluidity inside the squared circle, Strickland is a sudden striker who is also well versed in the submission game, having trained in hand-to-to hand combat during his time in the U.S. Army Reserves. Strickland won a trove of championships during his rise through the indie ranks, at one point serving as the top champion for three different promotions simultaneously. He counts the EVOLVE, Combat Zone Wrestling and Major League Wrestling championships among his past accolades.
Garza comes to the WWE Performance Center as a representative of one of Mexico’s most famous wrestling dynasties. The grandson of luchador El Ninja, nephew of former WCW Superstar Hector Garza and cousin of NXT and 205 Live Superstar Humberto Carrillo, Humberto Garza made his in-ring debut in 2008, while still a teenager. Standing 5-foot-9 and weighing 212 pounds, the high-flying Garza has competed for AAA and The Crash in Mexico, NOAH in Japan and numerous indies in the U.S. He hails from Monterrey, Mexico.