By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE.com announced the following notable names as participants in their latest tryout camp at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
-Lance Anoa’i: The son of Samu and the grandson of Afa the Wild Samoan. Anoa’i works independently and has appeared on the MLW Fusion television series.
-Alexandria Gracia: She trained at Booker T’s school and has toured with the Stardom promotion in Japan.
-Ivelisse Velez: Lucha Underground recently granted her request to be released from her contract. She was on WWE Tough Enough in 2011, she worked for Florida Championship Wrestling and NXT before being released in 2012. She also worked for Impact Wrestling prior to her Lucha Underground run.
-Andrea Benoit: She works as NOVA on the independent scene and was trained by Tyson Dux.
-Kristopher Craig: A former basketball player who has trained with Billy Gunn.
-Joshua “JXT” Fikret: Australian wrestler who has worked some independents in the U.S.
-Joshua Dudley: Wrestles independently as Edgrin Stone.
-Aaron Gillis: Wrestles on the independent scene as Paxton Calloway.
-Theresa Lee Schuessler: Wrestled independently and appeared on NXT as Tenilla and Tesha Price.
-Randy Kaufman: A Rip Rogers and Al Snow trainee who works as Randall Floyd independently.
-Patrick McAlpine: Trained by Steve Corino and has wrestled on NXT as Patrick Scott.
-Sierra Erny: Wrestles as Skyler Moore and was trained at the Team 3D Academy.
-Maritza Ayala: Wrestles independently as Danika Della Rouge.
-Michael Delbrey: Olympic weightlifter who started in pro wrestling in 2017.
-Florence Lortie: Wrestles independently as Flo Riley.
-Rafik Youakeem: Wrestles independently as Alexander Zane.
Powell’s POV: The full list of participants includes a number of athletes from football and other sports who do not have pro wrestling backgrounds. One of those athletes is James Wilder Jr., who plays for the Toronto Argonauts. I actually remember his father playing mostly for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Meanwhile, Ivelisse has stood out in a good way in the ring wherever she’s worked and would be a nice addition to the women’s roster.
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