M&F has discovered of a brand new partnership that can bolster WWE’s efforts in discovering the subsequent bigger than life performer from the fields of soccer, observe and area, basketball, cheerleading, and past. Now tag-teaming with Exos, a world beating chief for honing human efficiency, future WWE “NIL” program signees can have the absolute best probability of rising to their athletic potential and making it huge within the ring with an unmatched set of sources.
What’s WWE ‘NIL’?
WWE’s NIL program, now in its second yr, is a forward-thinking initiative designed to scout and develop future WWE Superstars from the world of faculty sports activities and athletics, made attainable because of a 2021 coverage by the NCAA which now permits for faculty athletes to monetize their very own title, picture, and likeness. Recognized merely as “Subsequent In Line,” WWE’s mission is to offer a transparent pathway from school athletics to the brilliant lights of WWE, providing a useful alternative for athletes from numerous sporting backgrounds to comply with within the footsteps of icons akin to Drew McIntyre or Becky Lynch.
Scouring the world of aggressive sports activities for the subsequent huge factor in WWE is a no brainer when you think about that the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and John Cena have been all school soccer stars earlier than they grew to become legends between the ropes. When athletes are in a position to harness their elite skills and mix these expertise with scorching charisma, professional wrestling megastars are born. The present WWE Uncooked Girls’s Champion, Bianca Belair is a former school observe and area athlete, and the primary official signing to NIL was the 2020 Tokyo Olympic gold medalist freestyle wrestler, Gable Stevenson. There are actually 25 lively athletes collaborating in this system and lacing up boots within the WWE’s Efficiency Heart in Orlando, FL. Athletes have made the journey to Orlando from 24 completely different universities. One other notable signee was the current addition of Gabi Butler, who cheerleading followers will know from the hit Netflix docuseries, “Cheer.” Every expertise hopes to graduate the “Subsequent In Line” course of and be chosen for a WWE developmental contract.
WWE will announce its subsequent class of 15 NIL college students in early 2023.
Why is WWE Tag Teaming with Exos?
M&F understands that Exos will present WWE “Subsequent In Line” athletes with a wealth of sources akin to the power to be taught and exercise within the many Exos coaching amenities throughout the US. Exos, which has been a longtime pressure in athletics for greater than 20 years, operates in 26 nations and already helps greater than 12,000 recreation altering athletes. The crop contains greater than 1,000 NFL draft picks together with 215 plus Olympians and elite navy athletes.
“An business chief in sports activities efficiency, Exos will assist improve our NIL athletes’ expertise as they transition from school athletics to WWE,” stated James Kimball, WWE Head of Expertise Operations and Technique, talking solely with M&F.
Whereas working with Exos professionals, WWE NIL athletes will even be launched to the Exos Athlete Expertise Program and its many sports activities science and knowledge companions. The athlete consumption course of will see contributors undergo rigorous efficiency, physique composition, diet, and bodily remedy testing. The baseline developed for the athletes will then allow custom-made and absolutely built-in plans to make sure a basis for optimized coaching.
“Exos is thrilled to workforce up with the WWE in an effort to satisfy its subsequent technology of athletes on their journey to be able to guarantee success—bodily and mentally—and continuity of care,” added Exos CEO Sarah Robb O’Hagan.
How do school athletes be part of the WWE NIL Program?
Three athletes from the inaugural 2021 NIL class have already joined WWE following their commencement from college, and have began coaching full-time on the WWE Efficiency Heart in Orlando, Fla. In simply 4 months,
Northwestern College soccer star Joe Spivak has appeared on WWE’s TV present, “NXT Stage Up” on Peacock, below the ring title Tank Ledger. That is pillar to WWE’s renewed recruiting technique which is now absolutely targeted on elite former school athletes. If you’re a school athlete dreaming of changing into the subsequent huge WWE Famous person, you’ll be able to go to recruit.wwe.com for data on the applying course of. The following class shall be introduced in early 2023.