Kentucky defender among 45 college athletes set for WWE tryout during WrestleMania weekend
WrestleMania is this weekend, and that’s a huge deal in the WWE world.
But, ahead of the actual festivities, the WWE is looking for some fresh faces to add to its roster of talent. Considering guys like Bill Goldberg (Georgia) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Miami) played college football, it makes sense that the WWE would look at college athletes for potential spots.
Per ESPN, the organization is hosting a 3-day tryout at the Dallas Cowboys’ headquarters that will feature 45 current and former college athletes:
The three-day tryout, taking place at Dallas Cowboys headquarters in Frisco, Texas, will include evaluations for performance and promotion as well as interviews and technical sessions in the ring. The tryout, along with the name, image and likeness program WWE launched in December, is designed to identify and sign younger athletes for its development program. All 53 participants at this week’s tryout — 29 men and 24 women — are 25 or younger. Eight participants did not compete collegiately but stood out in MMA and CrossFit.
Among the group of current and former college football players is Kentucky DL Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald:
The football group includes former starters such as TCU offensive lineman Anthony McKinney, Washington State defensive lineman Dallas Hobbs, Kentucky defensive lineman Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald, San Diego State offensive linemen Kyle Spalding and Dominic Gudino, and Samford defensive lineman Armond Lloyd. Former UCLA and Miami tight end Evidence Njoku, the younger brother of Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku, also is trying out.
Abadi-Fitzgerald recorded 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2021.