Downed On The Farm: Top WWE Developmental Prospects That Never Made It…Part 84

Brian Damage

The WWF/WWE has had some type of developmental system for years now. Whether it was the USWA, Ohio Valley, Power Pro, Heartland, Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling or NXT…many of the company’s top superstars got their start in at least one of them. While some developmental names like John Cena, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, The Miz, Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair all made big stars of themselves by first training in developmental, others never got to see the light of day. This series will focus on those wrestlers…the ones that at some point were a lock to get called up to the main roster and never quite made it. What once was hot, suddenly became a “not” as a WWE superstar.

Rhys Ali

Reon Mahima was a life long fan of pro wrestling growing up in New Zealand. In high school, Mahima competed in amateur wrestling, football and took up kickboxing. Mahima traveled to the United States to train to become a pro wrestler. He enrolled in the Wild Samoans training school in Pennsylvania. In 2009, Mahima had a WWE tryout and was signed to a developmental contract.

Mahima was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in Tampa, Florida to further train with Steve Keirn. When he debuted with FCW, he was given the ring name of ‘Rhys Ali.’ He wrestled the likes of Shad Gaspard, Mason Ryan and Titus O’Neil. Unfortunately, he was released from developmental in November of 2010. Reon Mahima would later admit in an interview a few years later, that he just wasn’t ready fundamentally to be a WWE superstar during his FCW stay.

Mahima would continue training and wrestling back home in New Zealand and Australia under the moniker of ‘Rhys Youngblood.’ He would receive another WWE try out in 2014, but was not signed. Eventually, Mahima quit the wrestling business.

Reon Mahima transitioned from the squared circle to the octagon and took up MMA. His record was 3 wins and 2 losses. He currently works with digital assets for a company in New Zealand.

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