Ohhhhhh yeahhhhh brother, we got big news from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). They were hosting auditions down in Bradenton, Florida, and some promising people were there. One contestant is actually a local. This means the next WWE superstar could be from Tampa. They hosted auditions over at the IMG Academy campus. The WWE is trying a new recruitment strategy attempting to find younger athletes. So over 2 days, 30 athletes were put through the ringer in an attempt to weed out those who weren’t ready for the turnbuckles.
Check out the Tampa native who decided she wanted to throw down in the ring. Melanie Brzezinski, a bodybuilder and USF alumni, saw the call for tryouts and decided it was her time to shine. She got a personal trainer and went all out. Melanie, who goes by “Rosie Ray,’’ and applied six times to qualify for a tryout. Melanie wasn’t the only USF student to head to the tryouts. Former Bulls player Darrien Grant also showed up. Darrien was a defensive lineman for the Bulls.
Big E (Ettore Ewen) was stoked to be back in Tampa, his hometown looking for the next WWE Superstar. “To be here in my area, helping the company I’ve been with for the last 13 years find the next John Cena, the next Rock, the next me—I think it’s pretty cool.” He put them to the test, having them throw down on the mat and hit the ropes, all while seeing how they reacted. They were also handed a mic. That’s right, you ain’t making it in the WWE without being able to talk a little smack and “cut a promo”.
After all, this was said and done, Melanie was offered a WWE developmental contract. [Source ABC Action News]
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