NXT sign top independent star Roderick Strong

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The WWE has altered it's recruitment approach in recent years, much to the delight of the fans.

Once upon a time, at the height of the Monday Night Wars with WCW, the two companies regularly exchanged talent, with Ted Turner's WCW boasting a much bigger chequebook at the time.

Still, the WWE profited from a number of their mistakes along the way, with the likes of Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero going on to become world champions in the company.


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In recent years, however, the WWE seemed reluctant to hire anybody from TNA and continued to look for the big, muscular competitors that Vince McMahon is rumoured to favour.

That all changed with the introduction of Triple H's brainchild, NXT. Now, some of the top independent talents have made their way to the company and McMahon has witnessed firsthand just what kind of fanbase they bring with them.

The latest independent superstar to follow in the footsteps of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn is Roderick Strong.

The 33-year-old has had two spells with TNA, a long tenure with Pro Wrestling Guerrilla - where he wrestled extensively against Owens and Zayn - as well as spells in Japan and most famously, Ring of Honor.

He is a one-time ROH champion and also won the tag team titles in ROH with now NXT star, Austin Aries.

Triple H tweeted out his excitement at having captured the experienced grappler last night, where Strong made his debut at a set of NXT tapings.

It will be interesting to see who Strong's first rivalry will be with, but given that he has an extensive background with several stars withing the company, it shouldn't be hard for him to sink his teeth into a storyline sooner rather than later.

The Messiah of the Backbreaker is expected to take part in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, so watch this space.

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