Former Ring of Honor TV Champion Punishment Martinez has signed with WWE. He is expected to start at the Performance Center and in NXT this month. Martinez lost the TV Title to Jeff Cobb during the recent ROH tapings and decided to sign with WWE rather than re-sign with ROH.
Martinez broke into the business training with the Monster Factory in New Jersey and became a regular with ROH after a strong performance in the 2016 Top Prospect Tournament, which was won by Lio Rush. He was signed to a contract in July 2016. During his run with the company, Martinez was aligned with Kevin Sullivan and BJ Whitmer, won the 2017 Survival of the Fittest and toured with New Japan via ROH’s working relationship with that company.
S.A.M.’s Spiel: Well Martinez certainly has the look of someone who can make it far in WWE. It will be interesting to see how they handle him and I think he could be a major player for them. WWE has become rich with talent, so I can expect some people to stay in NXT longer than expected because they are so stacked.