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As reported by PWInsider, WWE have officially announced the next batch of athletes who have had try-outs at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The state of the art facility has been a breeding ground for many of today’s top superstars, with a string of names coming through the developmental system.

The following list contains the names of all the men and women who attended the try-outs:

  • Hunter McIntyre, an obstacle course racer and the reigning champion of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge competition series and a decorated Spartan Race runner 
  • Amarlo Herrera, a 250-pound linebacker from the University of Georgia who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft
  • Noke Tago, a 300-pound defensive tackle from American Samoa who played at Oregon State
  • Raynor Whitcombe, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound New Zealand-born  football player-turned-bodybuilder who was the first-place winner of the 2015 BodySpace Spokesmodel Search
  • Denzel DeJournette, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound All-American wrestler from Appalachian State University who finished eighth in the NCAA heavyweight wrestling championships
  • Nicolai Salchow, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound Brazilian-born, German-raised kickboxer and grappler who is 6-1 in professional MMA fights
  • Lindsey Kelly, CrossFit competitor and a former swimmer at the University of Arizona who has deadlifted 410 pounds and squatted 315 pounds, according to her CrossFit profile
  • Reginald Gibbs, a 275-pound, Georgia-based independent wrestler and protege of WWE Superstar Mr. Hughes who competes as “Odinson” in the southeast region
  • Brothers Arthur and Josh Haug. Arthur Haug was a four-sport athlete in high school and a former bodybuilding champion who has trained with Impact Pro Wrestling. Josh Haug was a three-time letter winner as a wrestler at the University of Iowa, a 2016 national qualifier and an Academic All-American.
  • Nick Brewer, Minnesota powerlifter and a 295-pounder who has been known to bend horseshoes and roll up steel frying pans with his bare hands. At the 2009 London Strongest Man competition, he pulled a firetruck.
  • Vernon Willis, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound California state wrestling champion
  • Andrew Cavanna, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound Connecticut weightlifting champion and five-time wrestling champion
  • Briana Brandy, a hip-hop artist who has performed with the likes of Soulja Boy and Ying Yang Twins, and trains in MMA and CrossFit
  • Cody Deaner, former TNA star
  • Steve Scott, former Impact Tag Team champion “Crazzy Steve” and a 14-year veteran from Ontario who received training under NXT’s Eric Young
  • Paul “PB Smooth” Bilbo, 6-foot-9 of Erie, Pa., a former college basketball player who has wrestled for Cleveland-based Absolute Intense Wrestling and CWF Mid-Atlantic in North Carolina
  • Matt King, 23-year-old and a 6-foot-5, 250-pound model and independent wrestler from Atlanta who competes as “Raphael King”
  • Troy Russell, 6-foot-6  and a graduate of Lance Storm’s wrestling academy who trains at the famous DeFranco’s Gym
  • Tehuti Miles, a 210-pound U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and played for the University of Maryland football team
  • Quelton Toliver, twenty-year-old and a 6-foot-4, 265-pound wrestler from Missouri
  • Brothers Morgan and Christopher Hill, football players-turned-fitness models from Las Vegas
  • Elena Pogosyan, a 24-year-old journalist-turned-wrestler who trained under WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz and has wrestled for almost two years
  • Jeslen Mishelle, a three-year wrestling veteran and blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who competes on the West Coast under the alias “Desi Derata”
  • Nikii Duke, a 24-year old bodybuilder, International Federation of Physique Athletes pro, and World Beauty Fitness and Fashion bikini competitor
  • Mike Taverna of New York City, twenty-five-year-old and who has wrestled in Chaotic Wrestling, Chikara and New York Wrestling Connection, among other groups
  • Marquis Carter, a U.S. Army veteran who was deployed once to Afghanistan and twice to Korea, and has officiated in several Florida wrestling organizations
  • Haley Kate Yellin, a fitness model with a background in dance, track and taekwondo
  • Will Cuevas, a California-based independent wrestler, former referee and U.S. Marine Corps veteran who is a former All Pro Wrestling Worldwide Internet Champion
  • Blake Dees, a 240-pound former college football player who played linebacker at Texas Tech and South Alabama
  • Micas Harris, a 28-year-old independent wrestler from Indiana who played semi-pro football
  • Marshall “Solo” Williams, a Maryland-based, 260-pound powerhouse wrestler who has trained under former WWE Superstar Gillberg and was an aviation ordinanceman in the U.S. Navy
  • Zach Johnson, 6-foot-5, 240-pound and an independent wrestler from North Carolina for whom this was a second WWE tryout
  • Michael Richards, of New Zealand, a 6-foot-2 independent wrestler who has trained in the Ring of Honor Dojo
  • Joe Maples, 6-foot-3, 285-pound former college football player. He made appearances in three Bowl Games as a member of the University of Missouri football team
  • Haley Tipton, a 24-year-old model and former Junior Olympics beach volleyball player
  • Rawle Chichester, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound wrestler with six years’ experience
  • Abigail Burgdorf, a college track athlete who is also an active powerlifter

Author’s Note: A good list of names here as I wish them nothing, but the best. Hope some of them get signed, but we’ll see.

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