A new group of wrestlers have been announced as superstars that have begun training at the WWE Performance Center this week.
The biggest name in the group is 22-year-old EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory, who was shown at ringside at NXT Takeover Toronto this past Saturday. Here’s how WWE describes Theory:
At age 22, Austin White, aka Austin Theory, is one of sports-entertainment’s fastest-rising young prospects. Hailing from McDonough, Ga., White already has experience facing top NXT Superstars as part of the black-and-gold brand’s relationship with EVOLVE Wrestling. He won the EVOLVE Title from Fabian Aichner last December in a Triple Threat Match that also featured Roderick Strong, and has since battled the likes of Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano at EVOLVE events. He also made his WWE Network debut in July, defeating JD Drake to win the WWN Title at the EVOLVE 10th Anniversary Celebration.
Here’s a video with more info about Austin Theory.
Another notable name in the group is Santana Garrett, who was in the first WWE Mae Young Classic in 2017 and also worked for Impact Wrestling. Garrett has accumulated many titles and accolades, including winning the Cauliflower Alley Club’s Future Legend Award in 2014, a distinction once bestowed upon Kurt Angle. She was inspired to pursue sports-entertainment by her father, former wrestler “TNT” Keny G. She has a lot of experience wrestling all over the world. She is 31 years old.
Here’s some info on the others from WWE.com’s article about them.
Tehuti Miles – The 210-pounder from Silver Spring, Md., played multiple positions for the University of Maryland Terrapins after serving in the military, which included a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has wrestled in the indies in Maryland.
EJ Nduka – He’s a big guy at 6’6″ and 266 pounds with a background in football. He’s also a champion bodybuilder that has also trained in mixed martial arts and boxing.
Aleksandar Jaksic – He played semi-pro basketball in German. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder initially trained under former WWE Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella at the Battle Arts Academy in Canada and has also received coaching from former WCW star Alex Wright. He has wrestled in Germany using the name “LX Ken.”
Briana Brandy – The 5-foot-9 Brandy has years of ninjutsu and “extreme CrossFit” training under her belt. She also played basketball and was a competitive swimmer in high school. She’s also an aspiring hip-hop artist.
Rita Reis – She is 24 years old and is a Jiu-Jitsu world champion that’s also a multi-time medalist in both Jiu-Jitsu and judo. She’s won titles in not only her native country, but throughout Europe as well.
Marcos Gomes – The 260-pounder specializes in Jiu-Jitsu but also trains in boxing and wrestling, and is an instructor in Muay Thai.
Catalina Garcia – She is from Chile and goes by the professional alias “La Diva del Ring” Jessy on the independent wrestling circuit.
Good luck to them all!