WWE went to Las Vegas for SummerSlam and while there, the company conducted tryouts for talents. Many people made their way to Las Vegas in order to achieve their dreams of becoming WWE Superstars. WWE is moving away from recruiting indie wrestlers, because they are looking for cross-over athletes they can train to be Superstars. 

WWE has recently revealed the identities of 15 college athletes who will make up the initial class of talent signed to WWE’s new Name, Image, and Likeness program.

According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE is now prioritizing unique looks when it comes to hiring female talent. As for the men, size matters more now.

“The idea for women and guys is different. For guys, they’re wanting bigger athletes. For women, it’s looks, or if you have something unique to offer. Even on the indie thing, if someone’s like, really super on the indies, it’s not like WWE won’t hire them, but they’re not looking at the 5’9” guys or the 5’7” guys anymore. But if you come from the Indies but you’re 6’3”, yeah, they’ll look at you, and if you’re a woman and you’re ‘good looking’, you know, whatever.”


The Cavinder Twins, Gable Steveson and Lexi Gordon are merely just a few of the many talents signed as part of the new initiative. They signed Alema Collins as well. We will have to wait and see if they will become an integral part of NXT 2.0. or not in the future.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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