Roderick Strong is now part of WWE. The former Ring Of Honor World Champion made his debut with the promotion at Thursday's NXT television tapings, held at Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla.
Revealed as Austin Aries' mystery partner in the Dusty Classic, Strong teamed with Aries to face Tucker Knight and Otis Bogojevic. You can see the results of that match, and everything from the latest taping, here.
WWE posted about Strong Thursday night on its Twitter account:
Triple H and Strong also marked the occasion on social media:
Aries was both a teammate of Strong's -- winning the ROH World Tag Titles when they were part of the Generation Next stable -- and rivals, after that stable disbanded. Strong ended a lengthy tenure in ROH as one of only two wrestlers in that promotion's history to be Triple Crown Champions: winning the World Title, World TV Title and World Tag Titles. He also has held the PWG World Title, the PWG Tag Titles, and a plethora of other championships for independent wrestling promotions. Strong also had a stint in TNA in 2005 and 2006, competing in the X Division.
Strong's debut match in NXT is expected to air on next week's episode, which will be broadcast Oct. 19 on the WWE Network.