One of the hottest WWE rumors this past week is Prince Puma leaving Lucha Underground (LU) and joining NXT. However, the latest update on the man, also known as Ricochet suggests that he may re-sign with LU after being offered a good deal.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, the Mark Burnett-produced wrestling promotion is trying to convince Prince Puma of staying in Lucha Underground. He reportedly received an offer that would pay him more than if he works for NXT.
The value of the deal is said to be closer to how much WWE has paid for top indie stars such as Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura. However, note that signing with NXT offers long-term job security since LU has not been renewed for a fourth season.
Prince Puma is LU’s top star since its debut on October 29, 2014 when he was crowned the first-ever Lucha Underground champion. Nonetheless, his star power has been noticed by the biggest wrestling promotion in the world leading to some WWE rumors since last year.
There were even a lot of speculations that Prince Puma will be part of WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Tournament, but the wrestler quickly denied it. He mentioned that he would be wrestling in NJPW as part of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
Okay, guys listen. I will NOT be in the Global Cruiserweight Tournament.
One reason, I’ll be in Japan winning BOSJ. Again.
— Ricochet (@KingRicochet) April 11, 2016
Cageside seats mentioned in their report that Prince Puma also has a non-compete clause in his current contract with LU. He can’t appear on any wrestling promotion in the United States until the end of Season 3 which would sometime in 2017.
But to fuel these WWE rumors about the 27-year-old wrestling star leaving Lucha Underground, EWrestlingNews reports that he lost a Graves Consequences match during the taping of the final episode of LU season 3.
Nothing has been confirmed at the moment about Prince Puma’s status. However, he deserves to be in the WWE since he’s one of the best wrestlers in the world today.
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