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WWE Appear To Exclude Independent Wrestlers From Try-Outs

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In a new statement regarding upcoming try-outs, WWE appear to have excluded independent wrestlers from attending.

On March 3rd, WWE announced that they will be holding a three-day try-out in Dallas, Texas ahead of WrestleMania 38.

The company revealed that the event will feature more than 50 athletes from a “collegiate athletic background” across a number of different sports and disciplines. Interestingly, the statement makes no mention of independent wrestlers, or anyone with professional wrestling experience.

In recent months, WWE launched what they called their “Next In Line” program which will seek to create a pathway between collegiate sports and the sports entertainment giant. Back in December, WWE signed 15 athletes fitting this profile to NIL (Name, Image & Likeness) deals.

You can find the statement from WWE below.

“The three-day event begins Wednesday, March 30, and will take place in Frisco, Texas, at the Ford Center at The Star, home of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and state-of-the-art practice facility. WWE will host more than 50 male and female participants with collegiate athletic backgrounds across football, basketball, track and field, wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics, cheer and dance. Several NFL Draft-eligible college football players are scheduled to participate in the invite-only event.

Athletes will partake in performance evaluations, individual and group promo evaluations, in-ring technical sessions and sit-down interviews as part of the tryout process. Additionally, current college athletes will participate in assessments as WWE continues its search for the next class of its “Next In Line” program.”

Gable Steveson signed to the company’s first ever NIL contract back in September. Despite not yet making his debut, the Olympic gold medallist was drafted to Monday Night Raw a month later, missing out NXT altogether.