A few of these names have been on WWE's, and our, radar for quite some time, but the company has made it official. Ten men and women have signed developmental contracts and reported to work as the latest Performance Center class.
Headlined, at least for internet wrestling fans, by Australian tag team The Mighty Don't Kneel (TMDK) and Scottish wrestler Nikki Storm, it's a typically diverse class filled out by athletes from a wide variety of competitve endeavors who Matt Bloom and the staff in Orlando will now attempt to transform into sports entertainers.
Here's the roster for the new group, which will bring the total number of people training at the PC to 79:
Babatunde Aiyegbusi from Oleśnica, Poland: 6' 9", 350 pounds former pro football player
Bianca Blair from Knoxville, Tennessee: All-American collegiate hurdler , CrossFit competitor and powerlifter
Nikola Bogojevic from Superior, Wisconsin: Champion amateur wrestler
Carolyn Dunning from Las Vegas: nationally ranked bodybuilding bikini competitor
Macey Estrella from Parris Island, South Carolina: former U.S. Marine with indy wrestling training
Nicola Glencross (aka Nikki Storm) from Glasgow, Scotland: eight years veteran on the international independent circuit
Terrance Jean-Jacques from Boston: 6' 3", 265 pounds All-American collegiate wrestler
Danielle Kamela from Los Angeles: former cheerleader and television sports personality who has trained with Rikishi and David "Gangrel" Heath
Michael (aka Mikey) Nicholls & Shane Veryzer (aka Haste) of Perth, Australia: Ten-plus years international indy experience as TMDK
This crew, combined with the number of wrestlers working the house show circuit who haven't appeared on television and the men they'll be bringing in for a look during the Global Cruiserweight Series, likely played a big role in the large number of promotions we've seen from NXT to Raw and SmackDown over the last few weeks.
Congratulations and best of luck to the new recruits! We'll look forward to following your journey - hopefully to WWE stardom.