M&F has realized of a brand new partnership that may bolster WWE’s efforts find the following bigger than life performer from the fields of soccer, monitor 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 likelihood of rising to their athletic potential and making it massive within the ring with an unequalled set of sources.
What is WWE ‘NIL’?
WWE’s NIL program, now in its second 12 months, is a forward-thinking initiative designed to scout and develop future WWE Superstars from the world of faculty sports activities and athletics, made potential due to a 2021 coverage by the NCAA which now permits for faculty athletes to monetize their very own identify, picture, and likeness. Known merely as “Next In Line,” WWE’s mission is to supply a transparent pathway from school athletics to the brilliant lights of WWE, providing a useful alternative for athletes from numerous sporting backgrounds to observe within the footsteps of icons resembling Drew McIntyre or Becky Lynch.
Scouring the world of aggressive sports activities for the following massive 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 abilities and mix these expertise with scorching charisma, professional wrestling megastars are born. The present WWE Raw Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair is a former school monitor and area athlete, and the primary official signing to NIL was the 2020 Tokyo Olympic gold medalist freestyle wrestler, Gable Stevenson. There at the moment are 25 lively athletes taking part in this system and lacing up boots within the WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, FL. Athletes have made the journey to Orlando from 24 completely different universities. Another notable signee was the current addition of Gabi Butler, who cheerleading followers will know from the hit Netflix docuseries, “Cheer.” Each expertise hopes to graduate the “Next 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 “Next In Line” athletes with a wealth of sources resembling the flexibility to be taught and exercise within the many Exos coaching amenities throughout the United States. Exos, which has been a longtime drive in athletics for greater than 20 years, operates in 26 nations and already helps greater than 12,000 recreation altering athletes. The crop consists of greater than 1,000 NFL draft picks together with 215 plus Olympians and elite army athletes.
“An industry leader in sports performance, Exos will help enhance our NIL athletes’ experience as they transition from college athletics to WWE,” mentioned James Kimball, WWE Head of Talent Operations and Strategy, talking completely with M&F.
While working with Exos professionals, WWE NIL athletes will even be launched to the Exos Athlete Experience 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 personalized and totally built-in plans to make sure a basis for optimized coaching.
“Exos is thrilled to team up with the WWE in an effort to meet its next generation of athletes on their journey in order to ensure success—physically and mentally—and continuity of care,” added Exos CEO Sarah Robb O’Hagan.
How do school athletes be a 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 Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. In simply 4 months,
Northwestern University soccer star Joe Spivak has appeared on WWE’s TV present, “NXT Level Up” on Peacock, below the ring identify Tank Ledger. This is pillar to WWE’s renewed recruiting technique which is now totally targeted on elite former school athletes. If you're a school athlete dreaming of changing into the following massive WWE Superstar, you'll be able to go to recruit.wwe.com for data on the appliance course of. The subsequent class will likely be introduced in early 2023.