Over the last few years, the WWE have been rather welcoming of independent stars as NXT hit new heights.
Fans would have never expected the likes of Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura and Finn Balor to make the jump to the WWE, and even fewer would have thought AJ Styles would sign with the company.
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The main reason for it is that Vince McMahon usually has a good idea of what he wants an ideal WWE superstar to look like, a notion which perhaps no longer exists.
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They’re not built like superheroes anymore, they don’t need to be packed with muscle and stand at over six feet tall and look larger than life.
We’ve seen stars at the opposite end of the spectrum go on to achieve greatness, such as Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX.
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Another star the WWE surprisingly signed is Samoa Joe, the former NXT Champion made his debut on NXT to interrupt Owens having made a huge name for himself over in Ring of Honor and TNA.
However, despite always being an impressive athlete, the WWE didn’t sign him when he was younger and former WWE employee Bruce Prichard – who used to manage The Undertaker in the early 90’s as Brother Love – has revealed why.
Speaking on the Something to Wrestle Podcast, Prichard said: “I’ll tell you why he wasn’t considered.
“[It] was because they thought he was a fat Samoan. He looked out of shape – he wasn’t the body type that Vince liked, and they felt that it wouldn’t work.”
You’d be right in accusing Vince of hypocrisy, as he went ahead and signed Umaga, who had a similar body type to Joe, but Prichard claimed Umaga was seen as 'one of the family', being a cousin of The Rock and his historic lineage.
He also revealed that Vince had a similar opinion of current Monday Night Raw general manager, Mick Foley, claiming that Foley “looked like a fat bum.”
While you could have questioned his reasoning when Vince had those perceptions, you can’t say anything now as Joe has had a great spell on NXT, and is expected to wreak havoc when he moves up to the main roster, and his look can be a huge advantage.
What do you make of Bruce Prichard’s claims that Vince McMahon saw Samoa Joe as a fat Samoan? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.