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Hating on Sami Callihan, good heavens. I think he's more than proved he deserves a shot in WWE over the years.
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As annoying/forced as his character usually was, there's no denying he was playing it pretty damn great. I also really dig his wrestling-on-coke smashmouth style. As far as "carryjobs" against Finlay go, it's bullshit, because in those kinds of matches, the underdog's role is much more demanding, because he's the one with bumping tasks to make the aggressor look great.
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Callihan is rather grating with his promos. Ambrose was rather funny and had a bit more range while Callihan seems a lot more limited. I usually like alternative lookng talents but Callihan is too outlandish for even me.

That said, from what wrestling work I've seen from him he appears to be competent.

Next Shannon Moore maybe?

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PWInsider.com has confirmed that WWE has signed California-based independent wrestler Shaun Ricker to a developmental contract. He had been appearing as a featured heel for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, where he was at one point managed by the late Percy Pringle (a/k/a Paul Bearer).
Ricker is thirty-years-old, 6' 1", 225 pounds and originally hails from Hagerstown, Maryland. It was announced last month that he would be appearing as a contestant on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's action reality series on TNT, The Hero, which brings "ten ordinary people together in an unexpected and dramatic setting, then assign them various missions that will test their brains, their brawn and even their morality." On the show, Ricker is billed as a "a struggling pro wrestler who has all the makings of a hero… honesty, strength, charisma. But does he have the compassion?"

The acquisition had been expected as the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported last week that Ricker as well as fellow independent wrestlers Sami Callihan, Samuray del Sol and Mike Bennett had undergone medical testing required to be signed to WWE.

PWInsider.com also reports that when WWE shifts its developmental station to Winter Park, Florida in the beginning of July—officially billed as the "WWE Performance Center"—there may be as many as twenty to twenty-two more developmental acquisitions as well as changes to the developmental staff.


I don't like Mike Bennett. Dunno why, just not my cup of tea.

Hopefully WWE assigns a new head trainer. Gunn or Malenko or somebody.

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PWI said there might be 20-22 signings and everyone must report by 7/1 when the new facilities open up? Thats a shit ton of signings.

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PWI said there might be 20-22 signings and everyone must report by 7/1 when the new facilities open up? Thats a shit ton of signings.

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I'm not sure how I feel about WWE raiding the independents. They're a monopoly, so do they really need all that talent? It's nice to have an alternative to WWE, but if they keep signing so many guys, there'll be nothing left. I mean, where will the indy scene be in 10 years time?

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I'm not sure how I feel about WWE raiding the independents. They're a monopoly, so do they really need all that talent? It's nice to have an alternative to WWE, but if they keep signing so many guys, there'll be nothing left. I mean, where will the indy scene be in 10 years time?
I agree but i see it more like 5-6 indy talents and the rest body builders, models, and ex NFL guys. If they filled it with just indy talent were going to be in for an awful time in wrestling.

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Yeah, if that 20-22 number is near correct, most will have to be non-indie wrestlers. There will be the 5-6 indie workers, the rest will be the "Big Country" strong man, female arm wrestler types we've also heard about.
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- It was reported earlier this week that Big Japan Pro Wrestling announced Sami Callihan was removed from their next tour because he is signing with WWE. That's not correct as other sources report Callihan was removed from the tour because he has a family member dealing with a severe health issue. Callihan did not want to be out of the country for 7-10 days while this family member is dealing with their issue. Callihan is still expected to sign with WWE but him leaving the BJPW tour has nothing to do with them.

Read more at http://www.lordsofpain.net/news/wwe/...Ved0CHHTtbu.99
If you follow Sami on Twitter, he's been tweeting a lot about his father dealing with serious health problems.

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