WWE To Hold Two-Day Tryout At IMG Academy

The next round of WWE tryouts are set.

Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated reports that WWE will hold a two-day tryout at IMG Academy on November 30 and December 1. Approximately 30 to 35 athletes will participate in the IMG tryout.

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NXT superstars and Big E will be on hand for the tryouts.

“There are countless examples of top talent that came into the business via college sports, but there hasn’t always been a system built out,” said WWE’s head of talent operations and strategy James Kimball. “That’s what we’re trying to create here, a true talent development pathway into WWE for college athletes.”

WWE previously held large-scale tryouts for college athletes during WrestleMania and SummerSlam weekends.

“We want a clear calendar,” said Kimball. “Moving forward, we’re going to emulate what we’ve done in 2022. It’s really important there is a clear schedule, as college athletes have so many options. For wrestlers on the independents, that system is in place and that pathway to WWE is well known, so our resources are allocated to building a new pathway to collegiate sports. We’re just scratching the surface. We’ve been working on this for a year, and it’s going to take years, but we’re growing. We’re adding quality and depth, and the work is just starting with college athletes nationwide.”

WWE signed 18 talents to developmental contracts coming out of the WrestleMania tryouts and another 15 talents to developmental contracts after the SummerSlam tryouts.

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