A former Ring of Honor has signed with WWE.
Chris "Donovan" Dijak will be joining the company. If you recall, he was one of a group of wrestlers that included Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O'Reilly that WWE was interested in. However, they had to pull contract offers due to the legal threats from ROH back in January. Cole, O’Reilly, and Fish have since joined WWE and placed in NXT.
Dijak, who is 30-years of age, played football and basketball at Division III Bridgewater State College. After he had finished up his studies, he was quickly picked up by ROH and won their Top Prospect tournament due to his size. He is a big dude as he is 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds.
Dijak’s contract with Ring of Honor expired back in February; he opted not to sign a new deal with the promotion, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, due to receiving an offer from the sports entertainment company.
Since making that decision, his career has been on hold as he was waiting for WWE's time frame on offering him a deal again. WWE issued the following on Tuesday afternoon to announce the signing:
A new hoss has arrived at the WWE Performance Center. Six-foot-7, 265-pound Chris Dijak of Worcester, Mass., better known to ring fans as Donovan Dijak, is the latest signee to join WWE’s training center in Orlando, Fla.
Combining heavy-hitting power with cat-like agility, Dijak’s explosive offense has won him admirers around the world. His “Feast Your Eyes” knee-smash, meanwhile, has downed enough opponents to put Dijak on WWE’s radar with only four years’ experience.
A football and basketball standout in high school and college, Dijak stormed onto the New England independent wrestling scene in 2013. He remained a force in the region ever since, crossing paths with the likes of Tommaso Ciampa and Oney Lorcan, and becoming a fixture in organizations including Massachusetts’ Chaotic Wrestling, Connecticut’s Northeast Wrestling and Rhode Island’s Beyond Wrestling.
Dijak’s search for new competition broadened in short order. In 2015, he won Ring of Honor’s Top Prospect tournament, and earlier this year he competed in the wXw 16 Carat Gold tournament in Germany. He has also wrestled for EVOLVE, and this past weekend, he fought in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament, held in Reseda, Calif.
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