Whether they come from a wrestling background or another sport, WWE is always on the lookout for its next big stars. A former Texas Southern University track and field star was revealed earlier today by PWInsider that the company has hired two new recruits.
The Bahamas-based 25-year-old Alexis Gray graduated from TSU in 2019 with a biology degree and chemistry concentration. Her Instagram bio already includes “NXT” and “WWE,” so she’s clearly excited for what awaits her at WWE‘s Developmental Center in Orlando, Florida.
Ezekiel Balogun, 25, has added the title “WWE Superstar” to his Instagram page. He is a 6-foot-6 Lagos, Nigeria native who played small forward for the University of North Florida. Since the beginning of WWE‘s NIL [Next in Line] program, which “enhances talent through collaborative partnerships and training for promising students,” WWE has been particularly active in recruiting college athletes.
During an episode of WWE SmackDown last month, Olympic gold medalist wrestler Gable Steveson returned to WWE as their most recognizable recruit. In a previous report, it was revealed that Steveson’s training for WWE had been temporarily delayed due to a procedure to correct Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a rare heart condition.
While he still shows up at the Performance Center occasionally to get traditional training sessions with other developing stars such as his brother, NXT‘s Damon Kemp, he has been working with former WWE star Ken Anderson (Mr. Kennedy) for private training.