In a posting on WWE.com, the company announced today that they have signed three independent talents to developmental contracts. Tommy End (a/k/a Tom Budgen), Big Damo (a/k/a Damian Mackle) and “Crazy” Mary Dobson (a/k/a Sara Bridges) have signed, and have reported to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL. All three have been among the rumor circles that they were going to sign.
End has a 14-year background in pro wrestling, working with EVOLVE, Progress Wrestling, Germany’s Westside Extreme, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. His history includes being trained by Chris Hero and Nigel McGuinness, as well as training in kickboxing and an Indonesian form of martial arts called pencak silat that includes grappling, striking and weapons fighting.
Mary, from Indiana and only 23 years old, has been on the scene for five years, having worked some one-off matches in NXT already. She is best known for her hardcore work where she initially made her mark, but she has also competed in Shimmer, Shine, and Ring of Honor.
Damo is from Ireland and has studied under Finn Balor and Robbie Brookside, both of whom are in the WWE system. His past includes work in New Japan, Beyond Wrestling, Insane Championship Wrestling, and other federations. He has also crossed paths with Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura in his career.
Read the full posting at the link provided.
Bill Says: Three good signings. I think all three provide different things for the company in terms of what they have for skill set. Dobson fills a void in experienced female talent that NXT lacks right now. It has long been rumored that End was going to sign, so his signing was a bit of a formality. Damo has also appeared in TNA matches, if you recognize him.