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    Sunday, February 5, 2017

    WWE Talent Scout on Southeast Asian Tour: 'My Goal Is To Bring Back The Best'

    For over two decades, the WWE has regularly made Southeast Asia a stop for its international touring circuit. But for the first time, we may be getting indications of actually involving regional promotions and talents in creating the wrestling product.

    Fans from all over the region have been buzzing the past week with Singapore Pro Wrestling (SPW), Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW), Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling (Thailand), and Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) all playing host to talent scouts from the publicly-traded global sports entertainment promotion.

    WWE officials in attendance at a PWR show.

    Spotted at regional shows featuring wrestlers from all four promotions have been WWE's VP for Talent Canyon Ceman, its General Manager for Asia-Pacific operations Chris Marsh, and WWE Performance Center Creative Producer Ryan Katz.

    In an interview with Singapore's HubSports 360 channel, Ceman made the following intriguing statement after seeing SPW's 5th anniversary show Unchained in Changi:

    "My job is to find the best sports entertainment talent on the planet. I'm here in Southeast Asia for the weekend to see three different countries ... My goal is to bring back the best."

    You can't get much more overt than that, Southeast Asian fans. Ceman went on to praise the passion and commitment he's seen thus far. According to scuttlebutt, the trio have identified at least four potential talents from across the three promotions that most intrigued them—although it's too early to say whether this will lead to actual contracts or a further tryout.

    Ceman and Katz enjoying a brief respite at the MyPW show.

    With the WWE constantly promising its investors that international expansion will continue to be a key strategic priority to drive revenue growth of the WWE Network, the rumored WWE Asian Championship Tournament continues to gain credence each day.

    With the territory-exclusive WWE United Kingdom Championship and Cruiserweight Championship Tournaments proving to be such critical successes with a reported surge in Network subscriptions as well, it's really no surprise that the company will continue to use this business model moving forward as it seeks to achieve global domination.

    How excited would you be for a WWE Asian Championship, fans? With Chinese talent Bin Wang already training at the WWE Performance Center, we think it's high time he gets joined by more representatives from this side of the world.

    To fans of SPW, MyPW, Gatoh Move, and PWR, who do you think are your strongest local bets to get a second look? Leave us a comment, and let's all keep our eyes peeled for further developments.
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