WWE has announced their new 14-member class who will train at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Some of the names may already be familiar to WWE viewers. The others come from a diverse background of collegiate and amateur athletics. The company seems to be sticking with its recruiting playbook.
Theresa Schuessler (Fallon Henley) and Kayla Inlay have already appeared on NXT programming. Other talents with pro wrestling backgrounds include Mitchell Lavalley, otherwise known as “Motherlover” Jake Tucker. Santino Marella’s daughter, Bianca Carelli, also joins the class with a solid background in MMA and boxing. Cole McKinney passed up college football to train as a wrestler, going by the name Cole Karter on the independent circuit.
The star of the class is former ROH Women’s Champion Rok-C. WWE did not mention Ring of Honor in her brief bio. Rok-C is joined by The Notorious Mimi who has appeared as enhancement talent in AEW in the past. The rest of the list is made up of high-level athletes across a variety of sports.
Division 1 football players pepper the group. Nnamdi Oguayo is a hulking defensive lineman from Washington State University. University of Idaho lineman Edwin Grande and division 1 rugby star Gabe Wai bring major athleticism and strength. Joseph Schulthorpe was a high school state wrestling champion who played football at North Carolina State.
Maddie Knisley and Calyx Hampton come from the world of gymnastics and tumbling. Both competed at high levels. Knisley has some independent wrestling experience as Nikita Knight. David Bostian, an experienced folkstyle wrestler, rounds out the class.
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