A huge WWE tryout camp went down earlier this week in Manchester, England, featuring a number of athletes from the area looking to get into the WWE.
William Regal and NXT coach Robbie Brookside were there to see the talent. People who attended the tryouts were a diverse list of talent, both male and female, ranging from relatively well known independent talent to athletes from other professions. The list is as follows, described by WWE:
British wrestler Andrew Inch, an 11-year veteran who competes out of Scotland under the alias Andy Wild
21-year-old Omari Hockel, a 6-foot-4 speedster who wrestles in the Fight Club: PRO and Lucha Forever organizations, among others
Decorated amateur grappler Chinu Sandhu. The 275-pounder’s accomplishments include being an eight-time British wrestling champion and a bronze medalist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games
“Big T Justice” Tosan Adeogun, a rugged giant from Preston, England, who stands nearly seven feet tall and weighs more than 300 pounds
Jackie Polo and Mark Coffey, a championship tag team from Glasgow known collectively as Polo Promotions
6-foot-3, 240-pound Iestyn John Rees, a 12-year veteran from Gloucester, England, who has won heavyweight titles throughout the U.K.
Donna Dale, aka Little Miss Roxy, a fire-eating former gymnast who has competed professionally for three years, including for English promotions Absolute Wrestling and Tidal Wrestling
24-year-old Chris Wareing, aka “Smash Mouth” Chris Ridgeway, a hard-hitting junior heavyweight from Liverpool who counts current WWE PC Coach Johnny Moss among his mentors
Rough-and-tumble independent wrestler Jason Melrose, better known to ring fans as “The Primate” Jason Prime
Six-year veteran Samantha Hunter, aka Sammii Jayne, a reigning women’s champion in Spain and England
“The Pride of Wales” Eddie Dennis, a 6-foot-5 grappler who has competed for PROGRESS Wrestling and Revolution Pro
Ashton Smith of Kingston, Jamaica, a former Preston City Wrestling Cruiserweight Champion and the reigning FutureShock Wrestling Champion
“Screwface” James Ahmed, a 14-year veteran who competes in England, Germany and Denmark
Scottish high-flyer Alan Niddrie, aka Kenny Williams, a three-time holder of Insane Championship Wrestling’s Zero-G Title
6-foot-9, 285-pound Charlie Spooner, aka Charlie Winston, an independent wrestler from Norwich, England, who has also wrestled in the Canadian Maritimes
23-year-old Courtney Stewart, a Glaswegian kickboxer-turned-wrestler who has competed in the U.K., the United States and Japan
Wesley James Male, aka “Ugandan Warrior” Nsereko, a five-year veteran originally from Kampala, Uganda
6-foot-10 kickboxer Colin George, who is 16-9 in pro fights
Sexy Kev” Kevin Lloyd, a 178-pound former bodybuilder from Warrington, England
Michael McLuckie, aka Michael Chase, a 10-year ring veteran and a mainstay of central Scotland’s Reckless Intent Wrestling promotion
Eight-year veteran Nicky Griffin, who has won titles throughout England under the name Dick Riley
Danny Duggan, a 212-pound British wrestler with three years’ experience
23-year-old “Sammy Smooth” Samuel Stoker, a champion in the London independent circuit
Ryan Camerford, aka Jack Sexsmith, a frequent competitor in PROGRESS Wrestling
Mixed martial artist Jake Constantinou, of Leicester, England. With a background in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Constantinou is 2-0 in pro fights and 3-1 in amateur competition
Folakemi Lawal, a 26-year-old bruiser who also goes by the name “Voodoo Queen” Amarah. She has competed in promotions including Bellatrix Female Warriors and Wrestle Force
Kelly Robinson, better known as Kasey Owens, a seven-year veteran based out of Glasgow and a former ICW Women’s Champion.
WWE also held tryouts a few weeks ago at the Performance Center in Orlando, with the most prolific name being former TNA star Madison Rayne.