It’s reported that WWE has signed 20+ aspiring Superstar from their WrestleMania weekend tryouts, including athletes from backgrounds in acrobatics and Bellator.
The company held tryouts during the week of WrestleMania 38 that were open exclusively to either current or recently graduated college athletes. This multi-day event saw over fifty performers with “collegiate athletic backgrounds” partake with the same goal in mind.
Per Dallas Morning News, “more than 20” of these have now been signed to WWE through their NIL program. This includes Lexie Amrhein, Houston Miller, Tracy Hancock, and Valerie Loureda.
Loureda, a former Bellator fighter, has already been highlighted as a WWE signee as the first Cuban-American performer signed to the company. She comes with a 4-1 record, having last fought in November.
I am honored to become the first Cuban American woman in history to sign with the WWE. I come from a family of immigrants, now it’s my time to represent our Latin culture, I was destined for this. Thank you for this opportunity @WWE@WWENXT I will make you proud. AZUCAR! #305 pic.twitter.com/sQ351nuxR8
— Valerie Loureda (@valerielouredaa) June 29, 2022
WrestleMania week tryouts have already been covered to an extent, with the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reporting in April that Roman Macek, a former football player at Duquesne University, had accepted a deal with WWE. Meanwhile, the Post-Gazette reported that Gina DeLucia, who has a background in CrossFit, volleyball, and cheerleading, had also signed.
ESPN managed to identify a number of the athletes invited to the tryouts, which included several football and basketball players. Perhaps most notable was Evidence Njoku, the brother of Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku.
Similar tryouts are taking place this week in the build-up to SummerSlam, with footage already emerging of Triple H and Paul Heyman passing on some advice to the hopeful athletes. Whether anyone is signed from these tryouts remains to be seen.