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WWE Reportedly Signs Cross Fit Athlete To A Developmental Contract

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WWE have reportedly signed their first athlete from the recent WrestleMania week try-outs in Dallas, Texas.

In the lead-up to WrestleMania 38, WWE held a three-day try-out where they hoped to find a future WrestleMania headliner.

The try-out featured athletes from a “collegiate athletic background” across a number of different sports and disciplines. Interestingly, the try-out didn’t feature any trained professional wrestlers.

In an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette it has now been revealed that the first signing from the event is Gina DeLucia. The would-be Superstar has a background in gymnastics and cheerleading, as well as more recent experience as a cross-fit athlete.

DeLucia explained that she saw WWE were looking for athletes with no wrestling background to try-out as potential Superstars. After applying and going through a couple of follow-up interviews, she was invited to attend the event in Dallas.

“I saw that WWE was seeking out new talent. They were looking for athletes who didn’t have any wrestling background, and also looking for performers. With my background, I love to train and love to perform, so I thought it was a perfect fit.

“I put in my application, and a few days later I got a call back. We chatted over a few interviews and they liked what they saw from me, and then they invited me up to WrestleMania in Dallas for the try-out.”

The 24-year-old went on to lift the lid on how the try-out progressed and what was involved.

“The try-out was at [the Dallas Cowboys’] practice facility called ‘The Star,’” she said. “They had four different rings set up. We would kind of cycle through, practice our roles, practice running the ropes, bumps, and there were coaches at each ring helping us through the movements.

“They had some of the ‘NXT’ athletes there. They would demonstrate a roll and they wanted to see how adaptable we were and how quickly we could pick up on those things.”

DeLucia revealed that she was one of eight athletes offered a WWE developmental contract, adding that after the try-out she was invited to attend WrestleMania itself.

The news comes as WWE released 10 NXT Superstars on April 29th, including Dakota Kai, Malcom Biven and Dexter Lumis.