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WWE announced six new signings earlier today, and the latest crop of Performance Center recruits includes some high-profile second-generation talent.
WWE confirmed that six athletes reported to the PC for training in Orlando, including Bobby Stevenson, Brady Booker, Ben Buchanan, Jessica Woynilko, Joshua Dawkins and Joseph Fatu.
The most prominent name on the list is Joseph Fatu, the younger brother of Jimmy and Jey Uso and son of the legendary Rikishi.
Anoa’i’s relative has two years of professional wrestling experience. Like most of his Samoan brothers, Joseph Fatu also played football in college before turning to the square circle.
All eyes will be on the development of the 6″2″ Samoan wrestler as there is always the possibility that WWE will accelerate him to The Bloodline on SmackDown.
Former superstar Bull Buchanan’s son, Gable Steveson’s brother and D-Von Dudley’s intern join WWE
The son of former WWE Tag Team champion Bull Buchanan, Ben Buchanan, was picked up by the company, and the 20-year-old has a lot of hype surrounding his name for obvious reasons.
Standing at 6″4′, Ben Buchanan enjoyed a dominant run as Alabama State High School wrestling champion and was undefeated during the 2019-20 season.
Bobby Steveson is another signing that will get a lot of attention online. The Minneapolis native is the brother of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson, another top prospect for Vince McMahon’s company.
It’s fascinating that Bobby shared the same alma mater as Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin when he wrestled for the University of Minnesota, whose Golden Gophers Wrestling team is known for consistently producing world-class grapplers.
The new class of talent got the best performers of gymnastics, football and amateur wrestling.
Brady Booker enters the world of wrestling from the college football arena. The 21-year-old former mid-linebacker has an impressive physique, standing at 6’3″ and weighing about 245 pounds, and he’s also a pretty accurate archer.
D-Von Dudley continues to produce well-trained performers at his wrestling school, and his last intern, Joshua Dawkins, also landed a contract with WWE. Interestingly enough, the 23-year-old wrestler is the cousin of legendary NBA player Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins, who sadly passed away in 2015.
The group’s last recruit was also mysteriously the only female talent included in the WWE PC program, Jessica Woynilko.
The 21-year-old is a top gymnast, bodybuilder and CrossFit athlete with additional specializations in tumbling and using the trampoline she learned as a gymnast on the 2016 U.S. national team.
The latest signings clearly reflect the reported changes in WWE’s hiring criteria. The company no longer appears to be chasing wrestlers from the independent circuit, and its focus is on attracting taller and physically attractive athletes from a variety of sports.
Sportskeeda Wrestling congratulates the six recruits and wishes them all the best on their WWE journey.
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