New WWE recruit Trevor Mann, better known as Ricochet or Prince Puma, never believed he would actually make it to WWE.
WWE recently added some pretty impressive new recruits to the company's Performance Center in the form of Ricochet, Candice LeRae, and War Machine. All three acts were unveiled by WWE last week and all three have the potential to be a big deal in the company. While LeRae has already performed on NXT television and in the Mae Young Classic, it's all very new for Ricochet.
One thing is for certain though, any fans that aren't already familiar with Ricochet's work are in for one heck of a treat. The new WWE Superstar has spent the last 15 years honing his craft and wowing crowds around the world. One of the highlights of those 15 years? Becoming the only non-Japanese star since Eddie Guerrero to win the Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
Despite his incredible ability and impressive resume, Ricochet never really believed that he would ever make it to WWE. During a recent interview conducted at the Performance Center Ricochet discussed how he would say to his friends that he would one day be a WWE Superstar, but only as a joke. In reality, he thought that his smaller size meant the chances of that dream coming to fruition were not very likely at all.
"I never actually thought I'd be here considering my size, my stature, my weight and all that," says Ricochet, adding he doesn't mind starting from the bottom.
Ricochet's doubts were understandable since he is even smaller than your average smaller guy in WWE. AJ Styles and Seth Rollins are considered smaller stars whereas the man in question is around 20 to 30 lbs lighter than those two top stars. Another man with attributes like that is Finn Balor. Ricochet is pretty much the same size and height of the first ever Universal Champion with the ability to do things in the ring that are seemingly impossible. All of that could make for a pretty awesome new recruit in NXT.
That is if Ricochet is even destined for NXT. Weighing in at 197 lbs there is a very real chance that he could find himself competing on 205 Live. Most fans would rather not see that happen, but perhaps Ricochet is exactly the kind of world-class competitor WWE's purple brand needs in order to reach that next level and actually become appealing to fans.