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    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    WWE Officially Signs Ricochet

    How often does a new WWE Performance Center signee get the full-on rave review treatment? Ricochet—real name Trevor Mann—is getting a taste of the hype machine in a big way.

    Don't believe us? Just check out the official release on WWE.com:

    If GIFs of indescribably creative wrestling moves have ever flooded your social feeds, there’s a good chance it was new WWE Performance Center signee Trevor Mann that you were watching. 
    Better known by the ring name Ricochet, Mann, 29, of Paducah, Ky., officially reported today to the WWE PC in Orlando, Fla. 
    The decorated high-flyer has captured countless titles over his 14-year career, including championships on three separate continents. Among his many accolades, Mann has twice won Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s annual Battle of Los Angeles tournament, and he is only the second American in history to win New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament. (The first was WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero.) 
    Standing 5-foot-9 and weighing 188 pounds, Mann brings an astonishing assortment of aerial moves to the ring. He first earned notoriety in Japan for an eye-popping double-moonsault, and his 630° senton remains one of the most potent weapons in his arsenal. Mann, who credits Guerrero, Rey Mysterio and The Rock as three of his in-ring influences, was inspired to pursue sports-entertainment after watching The Great One and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin do battle at WrestleMania XV. 
    As Mann settles in at the WWE PC, keep an eye on WWE.com for upcoming announcements on more Superstar signings.

    For a man Rey Mysterio once called the best wrestler outside the WWE, such accolades shouldn't be a surprise. He's a massive name on the independent scene that should give the 'E a massive boost among hardcore fans.

    "Prince Puma is the crispest dude in that ring," Mysterio said in a 2016 interview. "I truly believe that he’s the future of this sport. I know there is a lot of talent out there that is incredible, and maybe I haven’t seen some yet or I’m not aware of others, but after sharing a corner in the ring with Prince Puma—then sharing an opposite corner with him—I believe that he is the best wrestler out there right now."

    We're not surprised that the write-up completely whitewashes Ricochet's achievements as Prince Puma in Lufha Underground, but it is nice to see the PWG and NJPW shout-outs above.

    Of course, doubters can very well call out the botched treatment critical darlings like Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn, or Apollo Crews got in their initial WWE runs, but we'll play the optimists and say that Ricochet's unique look, skillset, and athleticism will win out in the end.

    No word on whether he'll be performing under the Ricochet name.

    What do you think of this Ricochet signing? Are you confident about how the WWE will handle him? Let us know in the comments below!
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