With the WWE recently holding a big set of tryouts that included some familiar names (for more on that go here), on top of recently signing more names such as Io Shirai and Deonna Purrazzo, the pool for NXT continues to grow deeper seemingly by the week.
Two of the more known names the company brought in over the past year, Donovan Dijak and Chad Lail, have been rarely seen, if at all yet, on NXT television. Dijak, the 31-year old, 5-year pro was a top name on the independents and a rising star for Ring Of Honor, winning the promotion’s Top Prospect Tournament in 2015 before reporting to the Performance Center last August. Lail, a 36-year old, 17-year veteran was of course best known for his time in TNA as Gunner, from 2010-2015 where he was a one-time Television Champion and one-time Tag Team Champion (alongside James Storm).
We’ve seen Dijak with a couple of appearances on NXT TV over the past couple of months under the name Chris Dijak, most recently in a losing effort to The Velveteen Dream last week (go here for Mitchell’s NXT Report). Meanwhile, Lail debuted at a Live Event last June, but then did not debut on television until this May. He did however, have a role in the movie Game Night released this February, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. Since, he has been frequently working Live Events, usually with Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake, known as The Forgotten Sons.
In an indication that bigger roles on-screen could be around the corner, WWE has posted a photo gallery of every Performance Center recruit and are now listing Chad Lail as Jaxson Ryker and Chris Dijak as Dominik Dijakovic. You can check out the entire gallery here.
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