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Shane Strickland, Garza Jr. join WWE Performance Center


Shane Strickland and Garza Jr. are officially WWE bound.

An article on WWE’s website confirmed that Stephon (Shane) Strickland and Humberto Garza (Jr.) are the latest recruits to the Performance Center. Kushida, whose signing was revealed during NXT TakeOver: New York, has also started training at the Performance Center.

Strickland has been an indy standout for some time, most recently working under the WWN umbrella including recent EVOLVE events. In the past, he’s also worked for DEFY, CZW and MLW. He had recently declared himself a free agent after leaving the latter.

Garza Jr. is the nephew of lucha libre and WCW star Hector Garza and the cousin of 205 Live’s Humberto Carrillo. In recent years he has been best known for his run in The Crash, but has also wrestled for AAA, MLW, Pro Wrestling NOAH and the Mexican independent scene.

Kushida is a former NJPW Jr. champion and at one time was considered the ace of the division, winning the championship six times. He left the promotion in January after a losing effort to Hiroshi Tanahashi.