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EC3 appears in crowd at NXT TakeOver, officially signs with WWE


EC3 was shown sitting in the front row at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia tonight and has officially signed with WWE.

He appeared just before the video packages began for the Andrade "Cien" Almas vs. Johnny Gargano main event. The graphic identified him as "EC 3," and Mauro Ranallo called him one of NXT's new arrivals.

EC3 finished up with Impact Wrestling at their most recent set of television tapings earlier this month, with him being written out by getting the "fired" briefcase in a Feast or Fired battle royal. In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter following the tapings, Dave Meltzer reported that he was told months ago that EC3 was going to be leaving Impact and at the time was looking at going back to WWE.

EC3 was known as Derrick Bateman in WWE until being released in 2013. He was in developmental and appeared on two seasons of NXT in its previous format. In Impact wrestling, he was Ethan Carter III and played Dixie Carter's storyline nephew.

Earlier in the night, Ricochet and War Machine were also shown on camera sitting in the crowd. Candice LeRae was featured in a backstage segment with Gargano and his family, sat in the crowd for the main event, and got involved to help neutralize Zelina Vega.