WWE has unveiled its most recent batch of Performance Center recruits — including Rikishi’s son Joseph Fatu!
WWE has officially revealed its six most recent developmental recruits, and it’s certainly an interesting bunch of prospects!
Here’s who’s been signed, and what you need to know about them
- Joseph Fatu is the son of WWE Hall Of Fame Rikishi, his brothers are current WWE Superstars Jimmy and Jey Uso
- Ben Buchanan is a former amateur wrestler whose father Bull Buchanon is a former WWE Tag Team Champion
- Bobby Steveson is a former University Of Minnesota wrestler whose brother Gable just won an Olympic gold medal
- Brady Booker is a 21-year-old former college linebacker
- Joshua Dawkins is a 23-year-old hopeful who was trained by WWE Hall Of Famer D-Von Dudley
- Jessica Woynilko is a 21-year-old gymnast/bodybuilder/CrossFit queen who was trained by the legendary Greg Gagne
This is the first batch of recruits to be signed since it was revealed that WWE was changing its recruitment strategy by hiring younger, physically imposing hopefuls and fewer experienced independent wrestlers.
As we previously reported, WWE’s president Nick Khan recently confirmed that revamp of WWE’s developmental system was imminent.
“We’re doing a complete revamp on NXT, led by Triple H, who is really one of the architects of the original NXT,” Khan said during a recent interview with BT Sport’s Ariel Helwani. “In terms of an NXT rebrand, look for it. In the next couple of weeks, it’s going to have a whole new look, a whole new feel, and we believe because a lot of the ‘Indie wrestlers,’ if you will, have come through our system and are in our system with SmackDown and Raw, we don’t want to just keep doing that same thing,” he continued. “We want to look elsewhere for great young talent.”
Most of the new recruits have very little — if any — experience on the independent scene, and they’re all impressive physical specimens, which lends credence to recent reports that the company is no longer interested in shorter talent. By signing youngsters with little-to-no experience, WWE will be able to claim full credit for the end results.
Source: The Sportster