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WWE officially introduces new group of NXT signees


WWE has confirmed the group of wrestlers who are starting at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida this week.

The new signees were unveiled via the stories feature on NXT's Instagram account before being announced on And, as expected, the list is topped by a few standout independent and international stars.

Keith Lee and Io Shirai were both officially introduced today. Lee was shown sitting in the front row at NXT TakeOver: Chicago last month, while Shirai appeared at a WWE house show in Tokyo a few weeks ago and was announced as joining NXT this summer. Shirai has been confirmed as one of the participants in this year's Mae Young Classic.

Deonna Purrazzo was also announced as part of this Performance Center class. She's wrestled for Ring of Honor, Stardom, and on the independents, and her signing with WWE means that she won't be able to be part of All In this September.

Here are the other names that rounded out today's arrivals:

  • MJ Jenkins: An indie wrestler who was formerly part of Impact Wrestling's Knockouts division.
  • Lacey Lane: A former basketball player for Shaw University who has since wrestled on the indies and once held The Crash Lucha Libre's Women's Championship.
  • Stacey Ervin Jr.: Dave Meltzer referred to Ervin as the "highest caliber gymnast ever in a U.S. promotion" when reporting that he would be signing with WWE.
  • Luke Menzies: A former rugby player who has wrestled independently in the United Kingdom over the last couple of years. He was trained by Marty Jones.
  • Taishan Dong: A seven-foot-tall boxer from China.
  • Denzel Dejournette: An amateur wrestler for Appalachian State while in college.