The WWE officially announced the signing of former Ring of Honor World Champion and independent wrestling star Kevin Steen Tuesday via a story on its website.
Steen has worked for a number of wrestling promotions around the world, including Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Combat Zone Wrestling.
Among his career highlights was winning the ROH World Championship in 2012. He also took part in a high-profile feud with tag team partner El Generico, who is now in the WWE as Sami Zayn.
Steen took part in a Q&A for WWE.com. Here a couple of highlights.
On how it feels to be a part of the WWE:
“It feels great. I’ve been waiting for this pretty much my whole career, so it’s pretty nice to finally get to do it now.”
On what led to his signing:
“William Regal came to a wrestling show I was taking part in in California almost a year ago exactly, I believe it was Aug. 31 of last year, and it was for PWG, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. The match I had that night, I think I did a lot. I had never met William Regal before; I didn’t know him at all. I had great respect for him already; he’s actually been one of my favorite wrestlers for quite some time. To have him watch my match and take the time to tell me what he thought and give me advice was already great, but then a couple of days later, I was contacted to see if I wanted to be part of a tryout camp. Just to have somebody like William Regal have enough esteem for me to go as far as to actually recommend me for a tryout meant a lot. Then I went to the tryout camp and I got through it, and what made me stand out were the promos, where we basically had to see ourselves verbally. That’s always been one of my strong suits – the way I talk and what I say. I make it count, and I think that went pretty far in getting me to where I am now.”
Steen will report to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. where he will join the NXT roster. He also joins a growing list of major wrestling names to have signed developmental deals with the company this summer.
Earlier this summer, Japanese wrestling star Kenta signed with the WWE while the company was on a tour of Japan. A couple of weeks ago, former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Fergal Devitt signed as well.
Steen noted during the Q&A that he will report to the Orlando Aug. 25.