Prince (Fergal) Devitt is a name many of you reading this will be unfamiliar with. In fact, most who do know of the Irish superstar will only be aware of his existence due to his recent signing with the biggest company in wrestling, the WWE. This is not surprising though, since Devitt has spent the better part of the last decade becoming one of the biggest attractions in Japan for their number one company, New Japan Pro Wrestling. However, I am here to tell you that this is a wrestler you should look up.
This man can truly do it all in the ring, from brawling (proven in Japan where the shots are all the more stiff) to technical wrestling to high flying, and he has no issue facing a junior heavyweight or super heavyweight. In the same vein of Shawn Michaels, Devitt can put on a clinic with any wrestler he’s put up against. He’s not the biggest, but that is irrelevant due to his wide array of moves and holds. One moment he will be delivering his picture-perfect somersault suicide senton, flying over the top rope onto the outside; and the next he will be planting his opponent’s head into the mat with his devastating Bloody Sunday finishing move.
He has no issue playing heel or face, or being in a tag match or singles competition. His work in Japan proved this, where he first found major success tagging with Ryusuke Taguchi as the fan favourite Apollo 55 in 2009, before turning on his partner last year and becoming the leader of notorious stable the Bullet Club. He has won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship three times and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship an impressive six times. Added to this are his victories in both the 2010 and 2013 Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
The Real Rock’n’Rolla, as he is known, if given a chance, will connect with fans in WWE’s developmental territory NXT, and then on the main roster. Until that day comes though, I recommend watching his matches in Japan on Youtube and any other work, such as his work on PCW and Revolution Pro Wrestling on DVD. A short list of matches to check out before he makes a big splash on international television is included below.
-Wrestle Kingdom 8: Prince Devitt vs Kota Ibushi (where he debuted his famous Carnage body paint)
-Wrestle Kingdom 7: Prince Devitt vs Kota Ibushi vs Low Ki
-PROGRESS Chapter 13: Prince Devitt vs Zach Sabre Jr.
-Prince Devitt vs PAC (apparently the match that got PAC the deal with WWE (Adrian Neville))
-Prince Devitt vs Adam Cole
-Prince Devitt vs Kazuchika Okada
-Apollo 55 vs Time Splitters
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