WWE launched its Next in Line program, which has already introduced quite a few college athletes from various sports to the WWE Performance Center, including Gable Stevenson.
WWE is planning on debuting two top athletes on television soon as well. The company shifted its focus to recruiting athletes with no wrestling background instead of veteran wrestlers last year for NXT.
In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that WWE plans on debuting two top athletes on NXT. He wrote, “two people being readied to debut on television in NXT” - AJ Amrhein and Isaac Odugbesan.
Amrhein was a member of the acrobatics and tumbling team at Baylor University, where he earned Baylor’s 2020 scholar athlete of the year award.
Odugbesan was one of the best shot putters in the college ranks this past season. He placed third in the NCAA championships with a 67-2 throw and won the Eastern finals with a 68-5 throw.
WWE has assigned Amrhein with the Dani Palmer name, which Odugbesan had been originally assigned, but that will need to be changed.