See highlights from the 2017 NXT Combine
The 2017 NXT Combine is officially in the books. The event, held yesterday and today at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., tested the strength and athletic conditioning of NXT Superstars and WWE signees through a series of events.
Yesterday's competitions included sprints, overhead medicine ball tosses, broad jumps and 1000-meter rows. Today’s portion focused on weightlifting and featured the farmer’s carry, bench press, trap-bar deadlift and weighted chin-up events.
Day 2 Highlights
After winning all but one of the women's events on Day 1, Bianca Belair continued to shine on Day 2. However, her fellow Mae Young Classic wrestlers Rhea Ripley and Reina González gave her some stiff competition in the bench press event:
Belair, Ember Moon and Abbey Laith all racked up deadlifts of 400 pounds or heavier, while The Iconic Duo bragged about dominating the field:
With the 2017 NXT Combine championship within her grasp at the end of Day 2, Belair reflected on her performance and the intense competition in the Performance Center weight room:
The men maxed out their reps with 225 pounds on the bench press. Giant former footballer Babatunde Aiyegbusi and former NXT Tag Team Champion Wesley Blake each pressed 32 reps, while Demitrius Bronson benched for 29 reps. Otis Dozovic of Heavy Machinery benched an astounding 46 reps at 225 pounds. He followed that act by ripping 775 pounds off the ground with a deadlift.
Dozovic informed Christy St. Cloud that he was aiming for 800 pounds even:
Demitrius Bronson showed his power with a 765-pound deadlift, and Fabian Aichner and Cezar Bononi each put up north of 700 pounds.
WWE Performance Center Strength and Conditioning Coach Sean Hayes explained how the NXT Combine showcases the hard work and elite athleticism of the Performance Center:
Day 1 Highlights
Former Seattle Seahawk running back Demitrius Bronson and Montez Ford of Street Profits were among the leading speedsters in the men’s 10-yard ground sprint.
Bianca Belair, the first-place finisher among women in last year’s Combine, put up amazing numbers across the board:
Former NFL player Tino Sabbatelli, who did not formally participate in last year’s Combine, looked to shake up the rankings this year with an impressive performance in the overhead medicine ball toss category. He launched the 20-pound medicine ball an incredible distance of 52 feet:
Speaking with Christy St. Cloud after the event, Sabbatelli wasn’t bashful about his accomplishments:
Riddick Moss, last year’s Combine champion and Sabbatelli’s frequent tag team partner, offered his take on the first day of events and explained his absence from this year’s competition:
As first seen on Facebook Live, the women of the Performance Center, including Ember Moon, Mandy Rose and Mae Young Classic competitor Kairi Sane, went head-to-head to see who could hit 1,000 meters first on the rowing machine in an exhausting race:
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Though happy with her performance on Day 1, Rose looks forward to hitting the iron, which she considers her specialty:
Intense new NXT recruit and former collegiate wrestler Eric Bugenhagen, meanwhile, made an unforgettable first impression: