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WWE Signs Aiyegbusi and Courts College Football Star


WWE Signs Aiyegbusi and Courts College Football Star

Reports are coming in that the WWE have signed former offensive lineman Babatunde Aiyegbusi  to a developmental contract. Aiyegbusi is part of the latest class to join the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, and is joined by the likes of Scotland independent wrestling star Nikki Storm, Australian tag team sensations TMDK (The Mighty Don’t Kneel), collegian wrestlers Terrence Jean-Jacques and Nikola Bogojevic, and All-American hurdler Bianca Blair.

Those who are unfamiliar with Aiyegbusi will find that he is a former member of both “The Crew Wroclaw”, which later changed their name to the “Wroclaw Giants”, winning championships with the club in 2007, 2011 and 2013. In 2014, he played for the German team, the “Dresden Monarchs”, but would sign with the “Warsaw Eagles” in December of that year. He would get an invite to UTSA’s pro day in 2015, and garnered the interests of the Minnesota Vikings, who signed him to a rookie contract.

His stay with the club was short lived, though, playing in only 3 pre-season games before being cut by the team. It would be a full year later before anyone would hear about him again, as the WWE took interest in the young lineman, who stands at 6’9″, and weighs in the mid-300 pound range. And, with him being in his 20s, he has time to be molded into a powerhouse ring competitor.

But, he might not be the only gridiron star to grace the WWE ring these days, as a report by SB Nation states that 6’7″, 390-pound Baylor lineman LaQuan McGowan is also interested in getting into the squared circle, but, it would seem he may join much later, as in when he’s done with football. McGowan is planning to take part in the NFL Draft, but, isn’t against a chance to jump in a WWE ring, which he says has been a life long dream of his. Said McGowan:

“I’ve watched it on TV. I’ve thought about, ‘What would be something good or something that I would enjoy doing for a decent, for a long period of time?’ For big guys in the NFL, they really don’t last that long.”

McGowan has said that he has talked to people in the wrestling business, getting advice from some, and had even had a chat with WWE Hall of Fame commentator Jim Ross.

Triple H is said to be high on the new crop of talent that have joined the Performance Center, and has shown confidence in his training staff:

“With support from our world-class coaching staff at the WWE Performance Center, these men and women will have the chance to hone their skills and fulfill their dream of becoming a WWE Superstar,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “Our state-of-the-art training facility gives our talent every opportunity to succeed and grow, and I’m pleased to welcome this new class to WWE.”

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