WrestleMania is where the wrestling world descends upon and that includes WWE trying out 45 former college athletes from Kentucky, UNC, Miami and more.
It’s not a stretch to say that WWE WrestleMania 38 is the epicenter of the pro wrestling world. AEW, ROH, and virtually any promotion you can think of always comes to wherever Mania is taking place. But the one’s running the biggest show on the planet this year are adding another wrinkle to it and looking to find some new blood.
While in Arlington, TX at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, WWE will be hosting a tryout that will feature 45 former college athletes from a variety of sports.
This isn’t necessarily something new as WWE has consistently produced tremendous talent from former NCAA standouts over the years, but it is certainly kind of cool to see such a large number of former student-athletes to get the opportunity to start their careers in the square circle, especially over WrestleMania weekend.
WWE trying out 45 former college athletes, including former Kentucky, UNC and Miami standouts
There are a wide variety of schools represented at the tryouts. Perhaps the biggest are Miami with former tight end (and brother of the Browns tight end David Njoku) Evidence Njoku, former North Carolina All-American shot-putter, Daniel McArthur, and former Kentucky defensive lineman Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald.
Other schools represented at the tryout from various sports — including football, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, track and field, and soccer — are TCU, Baylor, LSU, Texas, Washington State, San Diego State, St. Joseph’s, George Washington, North Florida and Florida A&M, among others.
This isn’t the first time that WWE has looked to the ranks of collegiate athletics for talent beyond what was previously said. Recently, the company introduced NIL deals with some select athletes that could be parlayed into potential future careers as well.