WWE.com is profiling three new signings to the company. Kushida’s signing was announced on April 5 by Triple H and William Regal. The signings of Garza Jr. and Shane “Swerve” Strickland to WWE are confirmed by this article. All have begun training at the WWE Performance Center.
Kushida, a 10-year veteran, is a multi-time champion in Japan. With an undefeated record in MMA and time as one of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s best competitors, Triple H described him as “one of the biggest international stars in the world.”
Strickland is described as a rising star through the “indie ranks,” having won championships in EVOLVE, Combat Zone Wrestling, and Major League Wrestling. Strickland is described as having “show-stealing potential” with his hand-to-hand combat skills and his arsenal of submissions picked up during his time in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Garza, the grandson of the luchador El Ninja, nephew of WCW wrestler Hector Garza, and cousin of NXT and 205 Live star Humberto Carrillo, comes to WWE with 11-years of experience under his belt. Garza is described as a high-flyer and having spent time in AAA and The Crash in Mexico, as well as NOAH in Japan.