Two members of The Rascalz have signed with WWE and been introduced as part of the latest class of Performance Center recruits.
WWE unveiled their latest group of signees today, confirming that The Rascalz's Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz have signed with the company. Their farewell match for Impact Wrestling aired two weeks ago and featured Wentz & Xavier losing to Trey Miguel & Rich Swann.
Miguel is also part of The Rascalz but isn't in this group of WWE signees. Dave Meltzer reported last month that Miguel had drawn interest from both WWE and AEW.
Miguel tweeted about Xavier & Wentz being signed by WWE: "My baby’s [heart emojis] So proud of these Rascalz"
Xavier & Wentz are the current PWG Tag Team Champions and have held the titles since April 2018. PWG is currently on hiatus from running shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alex Zayne, Jiro "Ikemen" Kuroshio, and Rust Taylor have also signed with WWE, along with former college basketball and WNBA player Anriel Howard. WWE's full announcement is available below:
The latest class of recruits has reported for training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. The group brings a wide array of experience to the WWE PC, including independent and international wrestling experience as well as in professional sports.
Deveon Everheart Aiken, better known to fans as Dezmond Xavier, brings a dazzling array of aerial offense to the PC. Aiken, a nine-year-veteran of the squared circle, has competed for promotions including Combat Zone Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Impact Wrestling.
Zachary Green, aka Zachary Wentz, is a frequent tag team partner of Aiken’s. The 26-year-old Ohio native is also a former MMA fighter.
Alex Brandenburg competed under the name Alex Zayne on the independent scene. The Kentucky native has made a name for himself in promotions like Game Changer Wrestling, Black Label Pro and Ring of Honor during his 15-year career.
Sojiru “Ikemen” Higuchi is a 26-year-old wrestler from Japan who was trained by former United States and WWE Tag Team Champion Tajiri, and he has competed for Wrestle-1 and All-Japan Pro Wrestling.
Twenty-three-year-old Georgia native Anriel Howard played college basketball at Mississippi State and Texas A&M. She was selected in the 2019 WNBA Draft, and played professionally for the Seattle Storm.
Russ Taylor of Phelan, Calif. brings plenty of global experience to the WWE PC. Taylor has competed for wXw in Germany, as well as in Japan and across the United States.
Zayne and Taylor have also wrestled for NJPW of America. Taylor was an entrant in ROH's Pure title tournament this year, losing to Tracy Williams in the first round.