WWE has announced the latest names to try out at the Performance Center in Orlando. Some of these names could be signed by January when the next group of signees are expected to be announced.
Among the names are UFC middleweight Eric Spicely, Cal Bloom (son of former WWE Superstar Wayne “Beau Beverly” Bloom), Penelope Ford, and MTV “Floribama Shore” castmember Jeremiah Buoni.
Here is the full announcement from WWE:
Former UFC fighter, Olympic athlete and independent standouts among prospects at WWE tryout
Thirty-seven top athletes, ranging from an Olympic sprinter to a former UFC fighter, descended on the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., this week for WWE’s final talent tryout of 2018.
The camp, which is being led by WWE Performance Center Head Coach Matt Bloom, is WWE’s second tryout in as many weeks. Scouts were in Santiago, Chile, last week, to observe as a slew of masked luchadores and Jiu-Jitsu grapplers, along with other combat sports athletes, completed drills inside and outside the ring.
Proving that aspiring Superstars come from all walks of life, this week’s tryout features hopefuls from the U.S. independent wrestling circuit, as well as professional and college football players, powerlifters, bodybuilders and more.
Check out the full list of attendees below:
- Former UFC middleweight Eric Spicely (pictured above), 32, from Rhode Island. The 205-pounder holds 10 wins in professional fights and was a cast member on the 23rd season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Having trained under NXT Superstar Oney Lorcan, Spicely has competed in independent wrestling organization Beyond Wrestling.
- 25-year-old Cal Bloom, son of former WWE Superstar Wayne “Beau Beverly” Bloom. The younger Bloom stands 6-foot-5, weighs 255 pounds and played tight end for the University of Central Florida. Although he hasn’t yet wrestled a match, he has trained under his father, former WWE Superstar Ken Kennedy and prolific wrestling coach Brad Rheingans.
- Olympic sprinter Emmanuel Matadi, 27, from Liberia. Matadi represented his home country in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In 2015, while at Minnesota State University, Matadi won two NCAA Division II sprint titles.
- 22-year-old Heba Ali, a New Jersey-based physical trainer and fitness social media star who was featured on the fifth season of “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.”
- 24-year-old Matrick Belton, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who played wide receiver for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
- Olivia Hasler, better known by her ring alias “The Bad Girl” Penelope Ford, a former gymnast and cheerleader who has been wrestling on the U.S. independent scene since late 2014.
- 23-year-old Jeremiah Buoni, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound bodybuilder and cast member of MTV’s “Floribama Shore.”
- Ontario-based heavyweight wrestler Randy Bynoe. With a background in amateur wrestling, Muay Thai, boxing, judo and more, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Bynoe trained for the ring under Santino Marella and Rip Rogers.
- 6-foot-5, 235-pound Clayton Chambers. A student of Booker T, Chambers is the current TV Champion of Booker T’s Houston-based Reality of Wrestling, competing under the name Van Harrison.
- Marine Corps veteran and former semi-pro football player Isaac Melton, 27, from Alabama. Trained by WWE Hall of Famer Robert Gibson, Melton has wrestled throughout the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions under the name Ike Cross.
- Former professional defensive end Jake Metz, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 260 pounds. Metz played pro football for four years, including stints in the NFL and the Arena Football League.
- 28-year-old Tehuti Miles, a karate fighter and former Division I football player who served in the U.S. Army, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010-2011. Miles attended a WWE tryout in June 2017.
- 27-year-old powerhouse Alexander Morehouse, a former collegiate cheerleader who has gone on to compete in Olympic weightlifting events, including the 2015 American Open.
- Professional bodybuilder EJ Nduka. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Nduka played pro football for four years and currently trains in mixed martial arts.
- Yaw Jason Osei, a 31-year-old Englishman currently residing in Texas. Osei played football at Baylor University and Texas A&M and has trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing and judo.
- Pro football player and former collegiate powerlifter Tom Parsons. The 28-year-old stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 260 pounds.
- Michigan’s Jumal Pritchett, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound independent wrestler who competes professionally under the name Jumal Kyng. A basketball and football standout in high school, Pritchett switched to the mat game in 2014.
- Nick Pulos, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound super-heavyweight bodybuilder and actor from Florida.
- Forrest Rhines, an 18-year wrestling veteran who has wrestled throughout North America and Asia as Cooley AAYOOO.
- Actor, strength coach and strongman competitor Ian Michael Simon, from Scottsdale, Ariz. Simon also played football as a linebacker and fullback in the collegiate and pro ranks.
- 22-year-old bikini competitor Courtney Lemmings. She has placed in the top 10 at national events and won an overall title in competition.
- 25-year-old track-and-field athlete Emily Loogman. In 2014, as a junior at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Loogman placed first in the heptathlon at the Pacific West Conference Championships.
- Nashville-based fitness instructor and model Haley Jade Poston. The 26-year-old was also a competitive cheerleader in high school.
- Second-generation wrestler and former figure skater Karissa Rivera. The 26-year-old from New Jersey wrestles as “Karissa the Cherokee Warrior” and recently saw action against Lacey Evans on NXT TV. Her father wrestled under the name Steve King.
- “Lady Frost” Brittany Rae Steding, a competitive gymnast-turned-wrestler from Pittsburgh.