WWE launched their NIL program in December 2021 with an emphasis on college athletes looking to land a career with the sports and entertainment juggernaut. The “Next In Line” initiative is WWE’s way of finding future superstars and potential main eventers.

KSR reports the company invited Former Kentucky Wildcats defensive lineman Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald to attend their summer training camp. Abule attended the three-day tryout that took place prior to WrestleMania 38 in Dallas, Texas. Triple H was one of the many officials scouting future talents during the WrestleMania week tryouts.

“Going into the tryout, I was very curious about what the ring was like. ‘I want to see if I can land on this and see how it feels.’ I went in the ring and it was great, it was awesome. The ropes are bouncy. We did a lot of conditioning, just testing our athletic ability.

“Conditioning to see if you’re in shape and a couple of ring drills. Those ring drills were some pretty good cardio. I’m exhausted right now. It wears you out. I’m just getting myself ready. I had energy and I was able to get through it, but it was a lot of cardio.”

WWE are continuously on the hunt for next superstars and often pick former football players to join their ranks. Current NXT Champion Bron Breakker is one of the many current and former college athletes who are enjoying a great career in the WWE.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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