Here are the potential future WWE stars.
WWE's global expansion is coming in full force as the sports-entertainment company is bringing in some of the top talents from the independent wrestling scene on top of establishing brands like NXT U.K. which spotlights British wrestling. The company recently signed former PWG World Champion WALTER and former PWA Heavyweight Champion Jonah Rock is reportedly starting with WWE in January as a member of the new Performance Center class.
Members of WWE are currently in Chile hosting workouts. Photos and videos from day one and day two of the workouts in Chile were posted onto the Performance Center Twitter page. There were a number of women and men who are looking for an opportunity to live their dream of becoming WWE superstars.
WWE issued a press release which provides names and some background of a few of the individuals who partook in the tryouts:
* Tayane Porfirio de Araújo, a multi-time world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The 23-year-old Brazilian is one of the most recognizable and decorated grapplers in the sport, having claimed the Double Grand Slam (the World, Pan American, European and Brazilian National championships) in both her weight and the absolute divisions.
* Renowned high-flyer Ricky Marvin, a 23-year ring veteran from Mexico who has competed in Europe, Asia, and throughout North and South America. He has held championships in Mexico’s AAA and CMLL, as well as Japan’s Pro Wrestling NOAH.
* Manuel Alejandro Saez, who represented Chile in the 2016 WWE Cruiserweight Classic, facing Gran Metalik in the First Round. Saez also oversees the Santiago-based 5 Luchas Clandestino promotion.
* 6-foot-tall, 242-pound Chilean wrestler Ariki Toa. With 11 years of experience, Toa has crossed paths with the likes of Super Crazy and reigning NXT Tag Team Champion Roderick Strong.
* Patricia Maria Fontes Santos, a ballerina-turned Jiu-Jitsu fighter who hails from Brazil. The 28-year-old is a three-time World No-Gi Champion.
* Stephanie Vaquer, who moved from Chile to Veracruz, Mexico, at age 19 to learn how to wrestle. Since then, she has fought in the U.S. and Japan. The 25-year-old also has experience in taekwondo.
* 18-year-old daredevil Dragon Bane, the current King of the Air Champion for Mexico’s International Wrestling Revolution Group.
* Mae Young Classic alumna Zatara, from Santiago. The masked wrestler battled Tegan Nox in the first round of this year’s tournament.
* 26-year-old wrestler Diego Valdes, who has won championships throughout Chile under the ring alias Alex Hero. Valdes began training in 2011 and made his professional debut in 2013.
* 23-year-old luchadora Keyra. In addition to capturing titles in Mexico, Keyra has wrestled WWE Performance Center recruits Chelsea Green and Lacey Lane.
* Pedro Sanchez, a street-workout athlete who has competed in events in his native Chile and Kazakhstan and trains in boxing.
WWE is not the only company reeling in talent as Ring Of Honor recently signed PCO, Brody King and resigned former two-time ROH World Television Champion Silas Young.