In recent years, World Wrestling Entertainment has made no secret that it’s coveted international talent to try to expand their fan base. From their recent coup of signing Shinsuke Nakamura from New Japan Pro Wrestling to bringing back Alberto Del Rio from AAA & Lucha Underground, the promotion is doing all it can to reach new markets (especially for their WWE Network). However, their most recent signing sets an amazing and quite frankly overdue precedent.
Triple H spoke with ESPN.com and stated that they have signed Bin Wang to a developmental deal. This is the first native Chinese talent to be signed with the WWE.
“Once the NBA found Yao Ming, they didn’t even need to find a second or third or fourth guy. Once fans got hooked, they followed the same stars as other fans did.”
Wang should be arriving at the NXT performance center in Orlando in the coming weeks. Here’s hoping that he becomes the gateway for WWE’s other superstars’ popularity to soar in China. And here’s also hoping that when and if Wang gets the call up from NXT to the man Raw/SmackDown roster, that WWE creative will not drop the ball as they have in the past with international talent.
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