FCW Invasion On ECW - Who Are The 4 New Stars?
By Ryan Clark | June 30, 2009
Here are some details of the new WWE talents that debuted on ECW:
Yos--tatsu is Naofumi Yamamoto, who has worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling in the past. He's been under a WWE developmental deal in September 2008, a signing that received attention from the Associated Press at the time, played up as WWE expanding its global horizons with the signing of a Japanese talent.
Abraham Washington, who debuted a new ECW talk show segment tonight, has been working in FCW as the developmental promotion's general manager Abraham Saddam (later Obama) Washington, obviously a takeoff of President Barack Obama. Real name Brian Jossie, he had been training at former WWE developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. He was among several talents signed to developmental deals by John Laurinaitis during a September 2008 visit.
Sheamus is Irish native Sheamus O'Shaunessy (real name: Stephen Farrelly). He was trained at Larry Sharpe's Monster Factory and worked regularly in Ireland before being signed to WWE developmental in April 2007. He had been working dark matches and house shows for the Raw brand in recent months. While in Florida Championship Wrestling, he was FCW champion. He's received some media attention in his native Ireland for signing with WWE and has done some acting as well.
FCW champion Tyler Reks (Gabrielle Tuft), who debuted in a backstage vignette as a dreadlocked California surfer type is legitimately from California. He was trained at Rick Bassman's UPW school by the late Mike Bell. He was signed to a WWE developmental deal in February 2008, just a year after he wrestled for the first time. Of late, he's been in the top of the FCW mix. He does a number of high flying moves including a springboard moonsault that's dubbed "The Big Kahuna."