– Fady Madani, a 28-year-old Northeast indy wrestler of Syrian descent who wrestles as The Arabian Bull, was offered a developmental deal. Madani trained with Kevin Knight’s IWF group out of New Jersey and has the 6-5, 250, physique that the company likes. He played college football and was also an amateur boxer.
– Calgary-based wrestler Tiger Raj Singh (Yuvraj Dhesi, 23) has arrived in developmental and will be using the ring name Jinder Mahal. He attended a WWE tryout camp last December and impressed officials. He speaks Punjabi which is a huge plus as the company has been searching for another Indian wrestler for some time.
– Ryan Tran and Daniel Skyler (Ronnie Arniell, 29) were also just added to the developmental roster as refs.
– Abraham Washington and Byron Saxton are still working in developmental following the demise of ECW in February. They are the current FCW announce team. A few week’s ago there was some talk of using Washington in the role as Raw GM but that spot went to Bret Hart when the company worked out a new deal with him. He could still end up on the Smackdown
side. There are a lot of people very high on Saxton. Before WWE, he worked for WJXT News in Jacksonville as an associate producer and then later on camera as a traffic reporter. He was groomed by Dusty Rhodes in FCW, and his call up came last fall when Jim Ross suffered a Bell’s palsy attack, which resulted in a shuffle of the announcers, with Striker moved to Smackdown and Saxton promoted to ECW. Michael Cole took over what would have been his spot on NXT because creative wanted to push Cole as the main heel of the show.
(credit: The Wrestling Globe Newsletter)