Top 8 Rumored WWE Signings That Will Happen In 2018 8 BOBBY LASHLEY: While perhaps not a perennial favorite during his initial run in WWE from 2005 to 2008, there is no denying that Bobby Lashley has improved in the ring and on the microphone leaps and bounds since leaving WWE. Lashley’s time in TNA and in the MMA world have provided him with the athletic confidence and personality that were missing during his WWE run, which could prove successful for him in WWE during his eventual (and highly likely) return. During Lashley’s WWE run, he was widely seen as over-pushed and a “McMahon Favorite” due to his size, however his lack of wrestling experience held him down from really connecting with fans, and he never reached the level of superstardom that was originally forecasted, and his run ended quietly in 2008, during which he ended up in TNA/Impact/GFW/Whatever it is now. It has been during his time outside of WWE that he has grown into a star, winning multiple World Championships and finally connecting with the audience through his performances. With his newfound stardom and contract with TNA coming to a close, it seems that his WWE return is imminent. 7 ETHAN CARTER III: While Kenny Omega not signing with WWE shows that they aren’t too interested in stars that have achieved fame outside of their television shows, WWE is sometimes willing to make an exception. Enter Ethan Carter III, who will surely be returning to WWE once his current bookings with Impact Wrestling have been fulfilled. Carter’s stardom in Impact Wrestling has become too big to ignore, and certainly proved that WWE didn’t know what they had when he was a part of the roster as Derrick Bateman back in 2010, where he was misused during seasons of NXT (you know, back when it was an awful reality show that WWE will not acknowledge anymore). Carter showed all the signs of having great potential in WWE – he has a great look with good athletic ability, could work a microphone easily and had a deep love for professional wrestling – but was ultimately released from his contract without anyone batting an eye. Eventually, he resurfaced in Impact Wrestling playing the role of Ethan Carter III, the spoiled nephew of owner Dixie Carter, and has played the part to perfection for the past four years. Now that he has attracted the eye of WWE with his multiple World Championship runs and a three-year streak of being unpinned, WWE has been looking to scoop him back up again. Best of luck this time around, Mr Carter. 6 RONDA ROUSEY: While we will not be seeing Gail Kim wrestle for WWE again, the rumors circulating regarding “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey joining WWE have been top of the list since her appearance during WWE’s Mae Young Classic tournament in the summer of 2017. Rousey has been an avid supporter and fan of professional wrestling, and whenever she has been asked about a potential cross-over into WWE, she has always remained excited about the opportunity. Now that she has made some non-wrestling appearances for WWE, including a “tease” pitting the MMA Four Horsewomen (fighters Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir) against the WWE’s Four Horsewomen (Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Bayley), those rumors have reached a fever-pitch, with many expecting Rousey to make a surprise appearance in the first female Royal Rumble this year. Rumors have ranged from hot to cold, with Triple H most recently stating that news of Rousey being in negotiations with WWE was “news to him”. While it seems plausible that Triple H was kayfabing the interviewer, all of these rumors have the wrestling world buzzing about whether or not we will see her in a WWE ring in 2018, and if I were a betting man I would say yes. 5 ROCKSTAR SPUD: To hear that Rockstar Spud has already been signed to a WWE contact is exciting, which means that his television debut is imminent. During his time in TNA, Spud was not necessarily known for being a world-class in-ring technician, but for having one of the most outgoing personalities and characters on the roster, which has made him very entertaining for fans. Taking the form of an insufferable rock star persona, he is incredibly entertaining and would easily fit in with some of the larger personalities that WWE has on their main rosters, or could add in some color to a withering NXT roster upon his debut. I think I speak for many fans when I say, I’m looking forward to this star making his debut with WWE, as it is inevitable at this point. 4 RICOCHET: While several top independent wrestling talents have made it known that they are not interested in working for WWE at this stage in their career, there are some that are currently willing to make a jump to the “big time”. After logging so many years and miles in promotions like Lucha Underground, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Evolve, Ricochet appears to have succumbed to WWE’s offers and will surely be making a debut for the company in the upcoming months. Reportedly, while signed to a contract with Lucha Underground he turned down a very handsome contract extension after being courted by WWE with an offer, and will not be returning to the promotion. In addition to this, during his most recent appearances for NJPW and Dragon Gate USA, Ricochet announced that these would be his last appearances with those companies, which is another indicator of his eventual move to WWE. Ricochet joining the roster would be a major acquisition for WWE because there are few people that can do with Ricochet does in the ring. 3 REY MYSTERIO: If there is one thing that WWE likes, it is a comeback story that will sell merchandise, and who better to do that for them then one of their biggest merchandise machines from the past – Rey Mysterio. While Mysterio and WWE have a slightly rocky past stemming from Mysterio’s final months with WWE in 2015, he has stated on several occasions that he is interested in returning to WWE for a final run before retiring. As we have seen many times in the past, WWE is willing to negotiate with former wrestlers if the bridges have not been burned beyond repair, and Mysterio falls under this category. While some of the shine may have been removed from his star in recent years, WWE surely still sees some value in bringing Mysterio back, especially to assist with the floundering Cruiserweight division, where he can surely be of assistance for some of the talent. 2 WAR MACHINE: If you have not seen War Machine perform before, you are in for a real treat in 2018 as they are essentially a lock for joining the WWE roster. Consisting of power-house wrestlers Hanson and Raymond Rowe, War Machine are a tag team that WWE dreams of – they are hard-hitting, big men who play their characters of large brutes to perfection as previous Ring of Honor and NJPW Tag Team Champions. Both Hanson and Rowe were performing for Ring of Honor without a contract, and after showcasing their talents both in the States and in Japan, WWE got wind of the tag team over their four years of competing and have allegedly made them an offer that puts them in their system in the next year. Both Hanson and Rowe have been working on the independent scene for years, so it’s great to see them get a chance in WWE, and hopefully all will pan out well for them. It is easy to recall other tag teams that have been put on WWE television and have floundered (most recently The Club comes to mind), but hopefully this will tell a different story for the power-house tag team. 1 JAMES STORM: Again, some of these signings are only a matter of time, especially when they have already been so close to happening already. James Storm is a great example of a wrestler who made a big name for themselves as a home-grown TNA talent, but just like others before him – like AJ Styles and Bobby Roode – have become too big for the company and are looking to branch out further in their career with WWE. While Storm did have a cup of coffee as a wrestler on the NXT roster in 2015, he opted to return to TNA for another couple of years before formally announcing that he was leaving the company in 2017. While we may never know what truly caused him to return to TNA instead of signing with WWE in the first place, now that he has made his intentions clear about moving on from Impact Wrestling permanently, it is very likely that WWE will sign him up quickly now that he is a free agent. Storm has shown to be a very capable tag team competitor as well as an established singles wrestler, having held multiple championships in both divisions, making him someone that could help WWE or NXT in both of their divisions.