WWE reportedly has big plans for Roderick Strong after agreeing terms on a new contract with the NXT veteran.
This is according to Fightful Select, who confirmed that the former Undisputed Era man signed an extension prior to his new Diamond Mine stable debuting on 22 June - and his wife Marina Shafir's WWE release three days later.
Per the report, Strong will be part of WWE's plans to add focus to NXT's Cruiserweight division as the year progresses. This ties in with Diamond Mine's debut, as the group laid out Cruiserweight Champion Kushida following his match against Kyle O'Reilly, with Strong handling much of the beatdown.
Diamond Mine's arrival came after a two-month hiatus for Strong, who "quit" NXT in a backstage segment with William Regal in April. Fightful note that other wrestlers who have taken similar hiatuses before re-emerging have also inked new contracts.
Strong has been an NXT regular since October 2016, when he debuted as Austin Aries' partner in that year's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic competition. He has one reign as NXT North American Champion to his name, as well as two with the Tag Team Championships.