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WWE has confirmed the group of wrestlers who are starting at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida this week.
The new signees were unveiled via the stories feature on NXT's Instagram account before being announced on And, as expected, the list is topped by a few standout independent and international stars.
Keith Lee and Io Shirai were both officially introduced today. Lee was shown sitting in the front row at NXT TakeOver: Chicago last month, while Shirai appeared at a WWE house show in Tokyo a few weeks ago and was announced as joining NXT this summer. Shirai has been confirmed as one of the participants in this year's Mae Young Classic.
Deonna Purrazzo was also announced as part of this Performance Center class. She's wrestled for Ring of Honor, Stardom, and on the independents, and her signing with WWE means that she won't be able to be part of All In this September.
Here are the other names that rounded out today's arrivals:
  • MJ Jenkins: An indie wrestler who was formerly part of Impact Wrestling's Knockouts division.
  • Lacey Lane: A former basketball player for Shaw University who has since wrestled on the indies and once held The Crash Lucha Libre's Women's Championship.
  • Stacey Ervin Jr.: Dave Meltzer referred to Ervin as the "highest caliber gymnast ever in a U.S. promotion" when reporting that he would be signing with WWE.
  • Luke Menzies: A former rugby player who has wrestled independently in the United Kingdom over the last couple of years. He was trained by Marty Jones.
  • Taishan Dong: A seven-foot-tall boxer from China.
  • Denzel Dejournette: An amateur wrestler for Appalachian State while in college.
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These are the 32 wrestlers in this year's Mae Young Classic Tournament. The winner will fight Gabi Garcia in Japan on New Years Eve.

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Luchadores, Jiu-Jitsu champions and more attend WWE tryout in Chile

WWE's global search for new Superstars has brought talent scouts to South America this week for a three-day tryout in Santiago, Chile.
The tryout, WWE's first to be held in Chile, drew applications from throughout the Americas, and nearly 50 athletes were accepted. Prospects hail from Chile, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Puerto Rico. In addition to both up-and-coming and seasoned luchadores, the camp consists of men and women with backgrounds in Jiu-Jitsu, amateur wrestling, Muay Thai boxing, judo, taekwondo, capoeira, volleyball, football and powerlifting.
"The passion for sports-entertainment and combat sports in Latin America makes this a key region from which to recruit premier athletes who want to pursue the dream of becoming a WWE Superstar," said Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative, when the tryout was announced in September.
WWE Performance Center Head Coach Matt Bloom is overseeing the camp, alongside coaches Robbie Brookside and Sara Stock. Assisting them are NXT Superstars Adrian Jaoude, Cezar Bononi and Taynara Conti (all of whom were recruited from Brazil), Mexican Superstar Raul Mendoza and NXT referee Eddie Orengo.
Here's a look at a few of the athletes in attendance:
* Tayane Porfirio de Araújo, a multi-time world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The 23-year-old Brazilian is one of the most recognizable and decorated grapplers in the sport, having claimed the Double Grand Slam (the World, Pan American, European and Brazilian National championships) in both her weight and the absolute divisions.

* Renowned high-flyer Ricky Marvin, a 23-year ring veteran from Mexico who has competed in Europe, Asia, and throughout North and South America. He has held championships in Mexico's AAA and CMLL, as well as Japan's Pro Wrestling NOAH.

* Manuel Alejandro Saez, who represented Chile in the 2016 WWE Cruiserweight Classic, facing Gran Metalik in the First Round. Saez also oversees the Santiago-based 5 Luchas Clandestino promotion.

* 6-foot-tall, 242-pound Chilean wrestler Ariki Toa. With 11 years of experience, Toa has crossed paths with the likes of Super Crazy and reigning NXT Tag Team Champion Roderick Strong.

* Patricia Maria Fontes Santos, a ballerina-turned Jiu-Jitsu fighter who hails from Brazil. The 28-year-old is a three-time World No-Gi Champion.

* Stephanie Vaquer, who moved from Chile to Veracruz, Mexico, at age 19 to learn how to wrestle. Since then, she has fought in the U.S. and Japan. The 25-year-old also has experience in taekwondo.

* 18-year-old daredevil Dragon Bane, the current King of the Air Champion for Mexico's International Wrestling Revolution Group.

* Mae Young Classic alumna Zatara, from Santiago. The masked wrestler battled Tegan Nox in the first round of this year's tournament.

* 26-year-old wrestler Diego Valdes, who has won championships throughout Chile under the ring alias Alex Hero. Valdes began training in 2011 and made his professional debut in 2013.

* 23-year-old luchadora Keyra. In addition to capturing titles in Mexico, Keyra has wrestled WWE Performance Center recruits Chelsea Green and Lacey Lane.

* Pedro Sanchez, a street-workout athlete who has competed in events in his native Chile and Kazakhstan and trains in boxing.
The Santiago tryout caps off a busy year of international recruiting events, with tryouts held in Cologne last month and Jeddah last April. The camp also coincides with the announcement that WWE will hold its first tryout in Mumbai, India, in March 2019.
For more information on WWE's talent development efforts, including details on how to apply for a tryout, visit

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Thirty-seven top athletes, ranging from an Olympic sprinter to a former UFC fighter, descended on the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., this week for WWE’s final talent tryout of 2018.

The camp, which is being led by WWE Performance Center Head Coach Matt Bloom, is WWE’s second tryout in as many weeks. Scouts were in Santiago, Chile, last week, to observe as a slew of masked luchadores and Jiu-Jitsu grapplers, along with other combat sports athletes, completed drills inside and outside the ring.

Proving that aspiring Superstars come from all walks of life, this week’s tryout features hopefuls from the U.S. independent wrestling circuit, as well as professional and college football players, powerlifters, bodybuilders and more.

Check out the full list of attendees below:

  • Former UFC middleweight Eric Spicely (pictured above), 32, from Rhode Island. The 205-pounder holds 10 wins in professional fights and was a cast member on the 23rd season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Having trained under NXT Superstar Oney Lorcan, Spicely has competed in independent wrestling organization Beyond Wrestling.
  • 25-year-old Cal Bloom, son of former WWE Superstar Wayne “Beau Beverly” Bloom. The younger Bloom stands 6-foot-5, weighs 255 pounds and played tight end for the University of Central Florida. Although he hasn’t yet wrestled a match, he has trained under his father, former WWE Superstar Ken Kennedy and prolific wrestling coach Brad Rheingans.
  • Olympic sprinter Emmanuel Matadi, 27, from Liberia. Matadi represented his home country in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In 2015, while at Minnesota State University, Matadi won two NCAA Division II sprint titles.
  • 22-year-old Heba Ali, a New Jersey-based physical trainer and fitness social media star who was featured on the fifth season of “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.”
  • 24-year-old Matrick Belton, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who played wide receiver for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
  • Olivia Hasler, better known by her ring alias “The Bad Girl” Penelope Ford, a former gymnast and cheerleader who has been wrestling on the U.S. independent scene since late 2014.
  • 23-year-old Jeremiah Buoni, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound bodybuilder and cast member of MTV’s “Floribama Shore.”
  • Ontario-based heavyweight wrestler Randy Bynoe. With a background in amateur wrestling, Muay Thai, boxing, judo and more, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Bynoe trained for the ring under Santino Marella and Rip Rogers.
  • 6-foot-5, 235-pound Clayton Chambers. A student of Booker T, Chambers is the current TV Champion of Booker T’s Houston-based Reality of Wrestling, competing under the name Van Harrison.
  • Cruiserweight Jonathan Cruz, who has wrestled throughout North America. Trained by The Dudley Boyz, Cruz is now an assistant trainer at the Team 3D Academy’s Florida location.
  • Georgia’s Alexis Evans, a 23-year-old from Georgia with a background in rugby and bodybuilding.
  • Independent wrestler Danielle Hardy, aka Marti Daniels. A standout in volleyball and basketball in high school, Hardy has held the Women’s Championship for Salt Lake City-based UCW-Zero.
  • Latasha Harris, known by her ring alias Tasha Steelz, a three-year veteran who has studied wrestling at the IWF Wrestling Training School and Team Adams Academy, both based in New Jersey. She is the current Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Champion.
  • Donald Howard, aka “The Man of Tomorrow” Daniel Eads, an independent wrestler from Evansville, Indiana, who’s competed throughout the Midwest and Southeast U.S.
  • 22-year-old Lenns Kamba, a 6-foot-3, 224-pound former collegiate grappler.
  • Vincent Lawrence, a basketball player-turned-professional bodybuilder who is currently training for the ring in Miami. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder placed fifth among heavyweights in the 2017 World Natural Bodybuilding Federation World Championships.
  • 26-year-old weightlifter Tina Rivas. Originally from Mexico and now residing in Seattle, Rivas was recently announced as a cast member of NBC’s “The Titan Games,” The Rock’s new physical competition series.
  • California wrestler Kenny Marquez, also known as Jake Atlas. A trainee of the Santino Bros. Wrestling Academy, Marquez was the team captain of his college’s nationally ranked cheerleading squad and was featured as a WWE hopeful in Stephanie McMahon’s episode of “Undercover Boss.”
  • 26-year-old grappler Caleb Marsh, a two-time NCAA national qualifier who wrestled at Dolph Ziggler’s alma mater, Kent State University.
  • 6-foot-6, 240-pound football player Josh McNeil, from North Carolina. A former Under Armour All-American in high school, McNeil was a member of the Carolina Cobras’ 2018 roster in the National Arena League.
  • Three-time Reality of Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Luis “Gino” Medina. The 22-year-old has eight years of experience training under Booker T in Texas.
  • Marine Corps veteran and former semi-pro football player Isaac Melton, 27, from Alabama. Trained by WWE Hall of Famer Robert Gibson, Melton has wrestled throughout the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions under the name Ike Cross.
  • Former professional defensive end Jake Metz, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 260 pounds. Metz played pro football for four years, including stints in the NFL and the Arena Football League.
  • 28-year-old Tehuti Miles, a karate fighter and former Division I football player who served in the U.S. Army, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010-2011. Miles attended a WWE tryout in June 2017.
  • 27-year-old powerhouse Alexander Morehouse, a former collegiate cheerleader who has gone on to compete in Olympic weightlifting events, including the 2015 American Open.
  • Professional bodybuilder EJ Nduka. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Nduka played pro football for four years and currently trains in mixed martial arts.
  • Yaw Jason Osei, a 31-year-old Englishman currently residing in Texas. Osei played football at Baylor University and Texas A&M and has trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing and judo.
  • Pro football player and former collegiate powerlifter Tom Parsons. The 28-year-old stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 260 pounds.
  • Michigan’s Jumal Pritchett, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound independent wrestler who competes professionally under the name Jumal Kyng. A basketball and football standout in high school, Pritchett switched to the mat game in 2014.
  • Nick Pulos, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound super-heavyweight bodybuilder and actor from Florida.
  • Forrest Rhines, an 18-year wrestling veteran who has wrestled throughout North America and Asia as Cooley AAYOOO.
  • Actor, strength coach and strongman competitor Ian Michael Simon, from Scottsdale, Ariz. Simon also played football as a linebacker and fullback in the collegiate and pro ranks.
  • 22-year-old bikini competitor Courtney Lemmings. She has placed in the top 10 at national events and won an overall title in competition.
  • 25-year-old track-and-field athlete Emily Loogman. In 2014, as a junior at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Loogman placed first in the heptathlon at the Pacific West Conference Championships.
  • Nashville-based fitness instructor and model Haley Jade Poston. The 26-year-old was also a competitive cheerleader in high school.
  • Second-generation wrestler and former figure skater Karissa Rivera. The 26-year-old from New Jersey wrestles as “Karissa the Cherokee Warrior” and recently saw action against Lacey Evans on NXT TV. Her father wrestled under the name Steve King.
  • “Lady Frost” Brittany Rae Steding, a competitive gymnast-turned-wrestler from Pittsburgh.

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The latest group of WWE signees have officially reported to the Performance Center.

WWE announced this month's Performance Center class via Twitter today, which features wrestlers Trevor Lee, ACH, Rachael Ellering, Karen Q, Samuel Shaw, Jonah Rock, Elliot Sexton, Team 3.0 (Scott Parker & Shane Matthews), and Nick Comoroto.

Former college football players Omari Palmer and Ricardo Miller, who had WWE tryouts last summer, are the two other members of the new Performance Center class.

Lee officially confirmed last month that he had signed with WWE. He finished up with Impact Wrestling in November and had farewells for PWG and AAW this January but still holds the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship. ACH also said farewell to AAW last month.

As "Rachel Evers," Ellering took part in the 2017 and 2018 Mae Young Classic tournaments. Karen Q was an entrant in last year's Mae Young Classic as well.

Shaw formerly wrestled for Impact and was involved with the NWA before signing with WWE. Rock and Sexton are both from Australia, and Rock had been a regular for PWG.

3.0 are a tag team from Canada who have also made appearances as enhancement wrestlers for WWE. Comoroto is a graduate of the Monster Factory wrestling school.

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After a couple of weeks of news about talent who want to leave the company, today WWE is promoting a long list of people who’d like to join it.
There are 40 athletes at the Performance Center in Orlando for a tryout this week, according to their website. This is the first one WWE’s held in the states this year; they were in Mumbai for their first ever Indian tryout last month.
It’s the usual mix of wrestlers from other promotions, athletes and Hollywood-types getting put through the paces by head coach Matt Bloom and crew. Here’s the list, along with the highlights of their resumes:
  • James Wilder - former NFL running back, currently playing pro ball in Canada
  • Emily Andzulis - amateur MMA fighter who appeared on The Rock’s Titan Games
  • Taiwan Markis Jones - former college and pro linebacker
  • Chris Martin - former college and pro football player, most recently with the defunct AAF
  • Lance Anoa’i - indie wrestler and son of former WWE Tag champ Samu & grandson of Wild Samoan Afa
  • Jana Angel - former college and pro volleyball player
  • Maritza Ayala - indie wrestler, also known as Danika Della Rouge
  • Nick Rodriguez - collegiate wrestler and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner
  • Ivelisse Velez - indie wrestler & former Lucha Underground trios champ, who has WWE experience on Tough Enough, and in FCW & NXT
  • Stephanie Ayala - fitness model and bodybuilding champion
  • Andrea Benoit - Canadian indie wrestler who works as NOVA
  • Jade Cargill - former collegiate basketball player
  • Kristopher Craig - former collegiate basketball player; trained under Billy Gunn at Team 3D Academy
  • Michael Delbrey - CrossFit and weightlifting competitor
  • Donovan Dongo - powerlifting and amateur wrestling champ
  • Leandro Dongo - amateur wrestler and firefighter
  • Joshua Dudley - former collegiate football player and current indie wrestler (aka Edgrin Stone)
  • Sierra Erny - former cheerleader and dancer who trains at Team 3D Academy, works as Skyler Moore
  • Tony “The Storm” Eveland - indie wrestler
  • Joshua “JXT” Fikret - Australian indie wrestler who’s trained under Rip Rogers and Orlando Jordan
  • AJ Francis - former pro football player training at Team 3D Academy, where he wrestles as Suga Bear
  • Aaron Gillis - seven footer who played Division II college football, wrestles as Paxton Calloway
  • Alexandria Gracia - Booker T trained wrestler who’s worked for Shimmer and Stardom
  • Mahmoud Fawzy Sebie - Olympic wrestler from Egypt
  • Randy Kaufman - Rip Rogers and Al Snow trainer wrestler (aka Randall Floyd)
  • Makini Manu - former college football and rugby player
  • Patrick McAlpine - indie wrestler who’s worked NXT as Patrick Scott; trained with Steve Corino
  • EJ Nduka - pro bodybuilder in for his second WWE tryout
  • Kristjan Sokoli - former NFL lineman
  • Sidney Bateman - Cirque du Soleil acrobat
  • Cadman Edward Turner - former semi-pro cricket player who trains at Santino Marella’s Battle Arts Academy; this is his third WWE tryout
  • Jeanette Horning - wrestled and played football in high school
  • Ana Kundzicz - Team 3D Academy trainee with an entertainment background
  • Florence Lortie - independent wrestler from Quebec better known as Flo Riley
  • Lauren Regno - bikini competitor and bodybuilder who competed on Titan Games
  • Courtney Lynn Roselle - collegiate basketball player and obstacle course racer
  • Theresa Lee Schuessler - indie wrestler with some NXT appearances; wrestles as Tenilla and Tesha Price
  • Bryce Wollman - powerlifter and former college football player
  • Rafik Youakeem - independent wrestler with experience in parkour and BJJ (aka Alexander Zane)
  • Jonathan Young - former collegiate swimmer and current Lex Luger protégé

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While WWE’s Performance Center in the United Kingdom is holding a tryout for top female prospects this week, things are no less busy at the WWE PC in Orlando, where six collegiate athletes are getting an up-close look at life inside the ring as part of an exclusive tryout opportunity.

The group includes five wrestlers and a 7-foot-tall basketball player who is returning for his second visit to the Performance Center.

The athletes are working out under the supervision of WWE PC Head Coach Matt Bloom and coaches Norman Smiley, Robbie Brookside and Hartley Jackson, with NXT Superstars Daniel Vidot and Denzel Dejournette lending a hand with the in-ring drills.

Also on hand to observe is WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco, who was a star wrestler for Oklahoma State University before turning pro. Brisco remains a pivotal link between WWE and the amateur wrestling community and is responsible for recruiting many Superstars who first made their mark in the collegiate ranks.

The tryout camp includes the following:

  • Coatesville, Pa.’s Michael Boykin, a 285-pounder who grappled at North Carolina State University. A World Team Trials qualifier and two-time NCAA Division I tournament qualifier, Boykin competed at 197 pounds for his first two years at NC State before moving to heavyweight.
  • Fulton, Md.’s Cory Gilliland-Daniel, a heavyweight starter from the University of North Carolina who also twice qualified for the NCAA national tournament. Gilliland-Daniel notched a 23-9 record in 2017-18 and went undefeated in ACC competition.
  • Two-time NAIA All-American Jesse Gomez, from Fullerton, Calif. The 23-year-old Gomez most recently wrestled as a heavyweight for Missouri Valley College. In February, he was named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference all-conference second team.
  • 26-year-old Seville Hayes, who won the 2015 California Community College state championship at Palomar College before joining California Polytechnic University in 2017. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Californian also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2011 to 2015.
  • Derek Hillman, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Woodhaven, Mich. Hillman went to the finals of the 2018 Mid-American Conference championships, representing Eastern Michigan University in the 197-pound weight class. He took fifth place in this year’s MAC championships, wrestling for Ohio University.
  • Basketball player Zech Smith, of McLoud, Okla. The 7-foot, 310-pounder played center for the Morgan State Bears before turning pro in international competition. He is currently listed as a member of the Washington Generals, the longstanding rivals of the Harlem Globetrotters.

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Hussain Aldagal and Faisal Kurdi join the WWE Performance Center

Two athletes from last year's historic talent tryout in Jeddah have begun training at the WWE Performance Center.

New signees Faisal Kurdi and Hussain Aldagal, both of Saudi Arabia, reported to WWE's Orlando training facility several weeks ago. Kurdi and Aldagal were selected from nearly 30 athletes who took part in the Jeddah tryout. That was the same tryout attended by current NXT Superstar Mansoor, who won the 50-Man Battle Royal at WWE Super ShowDown.

Kurdi boasts a background in amateur grappling, Muay Thai boxing and mixed martial arts, and has placed in championship competitions in the Middle East. He stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 182 pounds.

The 6-foot-3, 211-pound Aldagal has previous athletic experience in volleyball and bodybuilding. Outside of his athletic endeavors, he is also a civil engineer.

As WWE finishes onboarding athletes from the Jeddah tryout, talent scouts are preparing for the next international tryout, which takes place July 15-18 in Shanghai, China. WWE last held a tryout in China in 2016.