WWE instituted their collegiate NIL program, “Next In Line,” with an eye on finding young, athletic talent and good looks that they can mold into superstars. Triple H had said that it is a perfect opportunity for those who aren’t able to continue their professional careers in other sports. Now it appears the participants for this year’s SummerSlam tryouts have been revealed.
Since 2021, WWE put more emphasis on signing cross-over athletes they can train in order to become the Superstars of tomorrow by having them prove themselves in NXT.
This year’s tryouts were held in Detroit just before the SummerSlam Premium Live Event. WWE started tryouts on Wednesday and it included 40 current and former college athletes and 15 football players.
The group of 21 men and 19 women all came from 36 different universities, from every major conference. The average age of the participants was 23 and included 11 former college track and field athletes, six gymnasts, and others from wrestling, basketball, volleyball, powerlifting, softball, and cheer.
The group of former college football players included Colin Schooler, a linebacker who hails from Arizona and Texas Tech and ranks sixth in the FBS career tackles chart with 482, and Chance Lytle – an offensive lineman at Duke and Colorado who has a background in singing opera.
Those who stood out from the rest included Troy Yearwood, who is a former track and field star at the University of North Carolina. Kordell Norfleet, a four-time Pac-12 champion at Arizona State, gymnast Amara Cunningham, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection at Washington and many others impressed.
We will have to wait and see which participants will end up getting signed to a WWE developmental deal and fulfil their dreams of becoming a WWE Superstar.
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