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Ex-ROH TV Champion Punishment Martinez Makes NXT Debut

NXT introduced its newest superstars during Saturday's event in Fort Pierce Florida, and former Ring of Honor superstar Punishment Martinez was among them.

Martinez - who had been with ROH from 2015 to 2018 - one the brand's World Television Championship once. The 6-foot-6, 251-pound giant trained at Monster Factory in New Jersey, then landed his deal with the Ring of Honor promotion shortly after.

Per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Martinez faced Nick Miller in his NXT debut, but lost when Shane Thorne interfered. Miller was able to hit Martinez with the chokeslam for the victory, spoiling the latter's NXT debut.

Before his tenure in Ring of Honor, Punishment Martinez also spent time in Keystone Pro Wrestling - even winning the promotion's Tag Team Championships with Matt Riddle - who won his NXT debut match on Halloween night.

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Martinez also won three Monster Factory Pro Wrestling Heavyweight titles and a pair of Tag Team Championships with the promotion. The 36-year-old quickly garnered a reputation for one of the best independent wrestlers around, so his addition is a major win for the WWE.

Punishment Martinez also had some stops in New Japan Pro Wrestling, set up through ROH's partnership with the promotion. This included a match with Hirooki Goto for his NEVER Openweight championship, which Martinez lost.

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With his contract expiring, Martinez lost his ROH Television Championship in his final match with the promotion, dropping it to Jeff Cobb. He signed with the WWE in mid-October and it only took three weeks for Martinez to make his highly-anticipated NXT debut.

WWE has loaded up on bringing major talents into their NXT brand over the last couple of years, including Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode, EC3 (Ethan Carter III in Impact Wrestling). Now, they have the likes of Riddle and Martinez on board.

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