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The next WWE Super Star is from Tampa, makes you wonder what their catchphrase is gonna be. "Can you dig it?"

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]

8 Iconic '80s Wrestling Themes

“The Immortal” Hulk Hogan celebrates his birthday today (August 11.) If there’s one thing fans the world over can agree on, it’s this: Hogan had one of the best wrestling themes of all time.

Of course, the Hulkster wasn’t the only wrestler with a great theme.  In honor of his birthday, here are eight of the best wrestling themes of the 1980s.

  • Hulk Hogan

    Performed and co-written by Rick Derringer, he told Rolling Stone, “It’s become one of the biggest records I’ve ever made…and I’m the guy who did “Hang On Sloopy” and “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.” (Well…he’s not wrong.)

  • Demolition

    Derringer strikes again! His work with the WWF also included this hard rock tag team theme classic.

  • Jake “The Snake” Roberts

    The synth guitar is so menacing, Roberts’ theme didn’t need lyrics.

  • “Macho Man” Randy Savage

    Savage’s use of “Pomp & Circumstance” is so iconic that high school graduates call it the “Macho Man March” instead of the “The Graduation March.”  (Okay…they don’t, BUT THEY SHOULD!)

  • Mr. Perfect

    The only thing more perfect than the late Curt Hennig is this theme.

  • “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

    Oh, Hot Rod…you’re just so incredibly missed.

  • “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase

    The “Money” hook. That laugh. You can’t put a price on the brilliance of this theme.

  • The Fabulous Freebirds

    Last, but certainly not least:  No “best ’80s wrestling theme” list would be complete without “Badstreet U.S.A.”  The Freebirds were the first wrestlers to have original entrance music, so without them and the vocal stylings of Michael “P.S.” Hayes, this entire list wouldn’t be possible.