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NXT recruit Bianca Blair's incredible athletic background shines through during the Performance Center Combine.09/13/2016 - 16:45
Johnny Saint may not be a household name, but he's inspired everyone from Daniel Bryan to Norman Smiley. This week, Saint flew from England to Florida to join the WWE Performance Center as a guest coach.03/24/2016 - 18:45
Strength & Conditioning Coach Sean Hayes breaks down the intense competition among NXT Superstars and recruits at the WWE Performance Center Combine.09/09/2016 - 11:45
NXT Superstar Ember Moon and recruit Bianca Blair each deadlifts 400 pounds, and recruit Steve Cutler deadlifts 550 pounds during athletic testing at the WWE Performance Center.08/30/2016 - 18:00
The WWE recruit's sheer intensity powers him through a rigorous bench press at the WWE Performance Center Combine, even though it comes under some playful scrutiny by fellow recruit Tucker Knight.09/01/2016 - 17:00
"The Curse of Greatness" follows Angelo Dawkins at the Performance Center Combine, where the NXT Superstar takes a page out of LeBron James' playbook before hitting the bench.09/01/2016 - 14:15
The WWE Performance Center's strength and condition coach, Sean Hayes, leads NXT sensation No Way Jose through a series of trap-bar deadlifts.08/05/2016 - 15:00
See the first Chinese signee in WWE history, Bin Wang, get acclimated to the WWE Performance Center and life in America.07/12/2016 - 11:30
Fatigue sets in fast when WWE tryout attendees tackle one of the WWE Performance Center's greatest tests of endurance, the "Baldo bag" drill.06/23/2017 - 15:15
Shayna Baszler, Eddie Kingston among prospects at WWE tryout
Nearly 40 athletes, including Ronda Rousey teammate Shayna Baszler and independent wrestling veteran Eddie Kingston, reported today to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, for an invitation-only talent tryout.
In addition to 19 men, the camp will welcome 19 women and one female referee — the largest number of female prospects to ever attend a WWE tryout.
“The fact that this is the most women ever at a single tryout reflects the rise of the Women’s divisions in NXT and WWE,” said Canyon Ceman, WWE’s Vice President of Talent Development. “This tryout includes women from all over North America, and more female athletes have been invited to a European tryout in November and an Australian tryout in December.”
Baszler, who is nicknamed “The Queen of Spades,” previously fought in the UFC and is a member of MMA’s “Four Horsewomen” stable alongside Rousey. She also trained under former UFC fighter and New Japan wrestler Josh Barnett as well as catch-wrestling legend Billy Robinson, and has competed on the American independent wrestling scene for the past year.
Joining Baszler at the tryout are Heidi Lovelace, who has held titles in Illinois-based Shimmer Women Athletes and Ohio-based Absolute Intense Wrestling; Kimber Lee, who “Pro Wrestling Illustrated” ranked the 18th best women’s wrestler in the world in 2015; Nicole Savoy, Shimmer Wrestling’s current Heart of Shimmer Champion; and Su Yung, who formerly competed in Florida Championship Wrestling, the WWE developmental territory that predated NXT.
Among the male prospects attending the camp are “War King” Kingston, a 14-year veteran who has brawled against the likes of Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose and Samoa Joe before they joined WWE; 6-foot-6, 300-pound Cedric Rougeau, the 23-year-old son of former WWE Superstar Jacques Rougeau; “Samoan Werewolf” Jacob Fatu, a member of the Anoa’i wrestling dynasty and son of The Tonga Kid; and Jeff Parker & Matt Lee, a Canadian tag team that faced The Revival on NXT TV in April.
The tryout also features a number of athletes from other sports, such as former Buffalo Bills fullback Corey Knox and sponsored endurance athlete Ella Anne Kociuba.
UPDATE: Take an exclusive look inside the tryouts with this exclusive video, courtesy of the WWE NXT Facebook page: