WWE held SummerSlam tryout sessions in Nashville last week, and it saw a lot of interesting faces. The tryouts were part of the company’s NIL program, “Next In Line,” which scouts young talent that they can turn into global wrestling stars.

PW Insider confirmed the list of well-known athletes from a range of sports at the present at the SummerSlam tryouts ahead of the pay-per-view event. One prominent name who participated in the tryouts was NBA star, Dwight Howard. The Los Angeles Lakers star even cut a WWE-style promo to make an impression. You can check out the updated list of athletes present at the tryouts as we’ve posted it below.

Ja’Chai Baker – Football player for The University of South Alabama Athletics.

Amaya Barnes – Track and field athlete for Tiffin University who previously played basketball for Springfield High School in Ohio.

Nyree Brown – UCLA track & field athlete.

Skylor Clinton – San Diego football player.

Josie Cole – Oregon Beach Volleyball Player originally from California.

Kevin Ventura Cortes – Concordia football player for University of Ann Arbor.

Wallace Cowins, Jr – Has played football for the University of North Alabama Lions as a defensive end.

Kennedy Rae Cummins – University of Minnesota Cheer competitor

Chukwusom ‘Chi’ Enekwechi – East Michigan University Track and Field Athlete.

Jaylen Flye-Sadler – Played offensive tackle in the most recent iteration of the XFL Football League.

Bella Garone – Niagara University Softball Athlete.

Lenaya Griffin – Track and Field star for Long Beach State University.  She was named Track Athlete of the Week for week of 4/12/22 by BigWest.Org.

Dwight Howard – NBA Star:

Sari Isabel – BSU Gymnastics

Taliyah Joelle – Fitness Model

Anna Keefer – 23, a University of North Carolina Track and Field Star originally from Minnesota.

Connor Klementowicz – LIU football, Hofstra basketball player.

Lamonte McDougle – Defensive Lineman for The University of Texas at San Antonio football team.  He previously played football for Washington State and West Virginia as well.

Lea Simone Mitchell – Michigan State alum who competed for five years on the University’s gymnastics team.

Brooke Mogan – Houston based model

Talati Polamalu  – A senior offensive lineman at Georgetown University, the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu

Tylynn Register – Track & Field athlete from Jacksonville State University.

Trevor Robbins – Played football for the San Jose Spartans for six seasons in California, will also be taking part in the Nashville tryouts.  Robbins was named to the 2018 and 2020 Mountain West All-Academic teams and is currently an assistant coach for the team.

Gabrielle Dunn Rudolph – Sport Karate World Champion, 22 years old

Adam Shuler  –(ex-Florida Gators – Former Florida Gators

Cameron Sutton – NFL player for Seahawks, former Fresno State Football

Kyle Tsu – UCI Track & Field athlete

Harleigh White – Clemson track & field athlete.

WrestleMania tryouts this year led to the company signing over a dozen talents. Most of these athletes are either currently in college or have recently graduated. The signed talent is sent to WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The same thing will apply to the signings that result from last week’s tryout sessions.

Big E, Bianca Belair, and Paul Heyman along with Triple H, took the responsibility for shaping the evaluation process at the tryouts during the SummerSlam week. Now that the future of WWE is in the hands of Triple H, we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out in the future.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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