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Why It Took WWE So Long To Sign Former ROH Stars, More Delayed Signings?

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Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly

It took longer than originally envisioned due to WWE's attorneys advising that they wait to ward off potential tampering charges, but former ROH competitors Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish have all now arrived in NXT, forming a new faction that Triple H has wanted to see formed for months.

While Triple H was very happy with the way NXT Takeover turned out, having to wait so long to sign and debut the former Ring of Honor talent has pushed back some of his booking plans, which may end up affecting several non-WWE wrestlers.

Triple H feels NXT is overloaded with talent at the moment and things are backed up, especially since he's had to wait so long to bring in the ROH wrestlers. At one point earlier in the month, there was even talk of delaying new signings, which would have potentially delayed bringing in Lio Rush until January, but the decision was made to bring him in as scheduled and instead put some other signings on hold.

Independent wrestlers who were told they would be given a serious look in November are now being told early 2018 would be the soonest WWE would have opportunities for them.

CJ's Chitchat: There's no doubt that the current NXT roster is loaded - McIntyre, Cole, O'Reilly, Fish, Eric Young & Sanity, Roderick Strong, the UK stars, Aleister Black, Johnny Garagano, and the list goes on. The latest set of episodes that were taped last week seemed a little hectic backstage, and I think this process of new stars coming in, mixed with NXT's top stars going up certainly played a factor. Whether you read spoilers or not, I can tell you Bobby Roode's final NXT match will air in the coming weeks, and it's a little odd for him to be playing a heel and a face at the same time.

You'll also see this new/former ROH faction take on a Shield role. I was fortunate enough to be part of the NXT crew backstage and was able to see some of the angles being taped outside of the ring. Some exciting stuff is coming up. I can also confirm independently that Asuka is headed to the Raw brand, per a WWE employee. As for The Authors of Pain, I'm going to speculate that they're going to the blue brand like Roode. They weren't used at all for these tapings, and they would be a great fit for the attackers of Breezango.


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