Seth Rollins & Michael Cole Originally Slated For WWE NXT Season 4?

Posted By: Chris Dunfee - December 01, 2010 at 3:59 pm
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Last night, the newest competitors from World Wrestling Entertainment’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, were announced for the upcoming fourth season of WWE NXT. While there weren’t any names that really stood out, like in previous seasons, there was one name that was left out.

Former Ring Of Honor World Champion Tyler Black, who recently signed a developmental contract with WWE, did not make the cut despite rumors that he would be ready to make the jump.

Considered by many one of the best in-ring professional wrestling talents in the business, it seems as if he is definitely ready to take on the challenge, however, he was only signed in late September. It’s easy to speculate WWE might have deemed it unfair, compared to several others who have been waiting for an opportunity for several months.

According to several online reports, WWE originally planned to have Tyler Black (competing under the name of Seth Rollins) be apart of the show, with broadcast commentator Michael Cole as his Pro. Black definitely seemed to give a strong hint of his unhappiness yesterday.

“Today is just one of those days where I hate everything and everyone,” Tyler Black wrote on his official Twitter account yesterday, and has since been removed.

Black tried to dismiss speculation of his frustration about not being on the fourth season of WWE NXT.

“Very excited for all my friends on NXT4,” the 24-year-old performer also added earlier today. “Any reports of me being ‘angry’ about my exclusion are false. But keep telling WWE what’s up. :-) .”

According to a report from PWInsider, Michael Cole was indeed originally set to be one of the WWE NXT Season 4 Pros and WWE was going to put a new announce team on NXT. The report notes that a combination of Josh Mathews, Todd Grisham, and CM Punk was discussed.

WWE apparently dropped those plans and decided to keep Cole and Matthews as a team. The decision to drop Cole as a pro was made late yesterday afternoon prior to the Friday Night SmackDown! tapings in Norfolk, Virginia.

It is easy to assume that storyline idea would surround Cole’s hatred for the show, and having to deal with another, Internet wrestling community darling, Seth Rollins, in the process. Considering Cole has already showed extreme hatred for previous contestants, with a similar background– Daniel Bryan and Season Two winner “The World Warrior” Kaval.

Contributing author Christopher Dunfee is a feature writer for Force Of Wrestling and covers professional wrestling organizations World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. To contact Christopher for radio appearances or any other media inquiries, be sure to contact him at

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