WWE Superstar Tama Tonga making his entrance on WWE Smackdown

Tama Tonga: From the Indies to WWE SmackDown

Early Life and Adoption Leone and his younger brother Taula were adopted by their maternal aunt and her husband, the legendary professional wrestler Tonga Fifita (better known as Haku or Meng), from their native island of Tonga. The family brought them to Poinciana, Florida, where they grew up alongside their biological cousin and adoptive brother, fellow professional wrestler Tevita. The wrestling bug bit them early, and they made a pact to pursue their dreams once their other obligations were fulfilled....

May 10, 2024 · 3 min · 550 words · Jalen Wu
December 2020 WWE Performance Center trainees including Wes Lee, Lash Legend, Zachary Wentz, Alex Zayne, Kuroshio Tokyo Japan (黒潮TOKYOジャパン), and Russ Taylor

Pre-Pandemic Prospects: WWE Performance Center's December 2020 Trainee Class

The December 2020 class at the WWE Performance Center held a unique significance. It arrived just before the global pandemic and subsequent budget cuts significantly impacted the company’s recruitment. This group, consisting of five seasoned independent wrestlers and a standout basketball player with professional experience, marked a distinct moment in WWE’s talent acquisition strategy. This article delves into the careers of these individual trainees, exploring their trajectories since joining the WWE and their current status within the wrestling industry....

May 6, 2024 · 10 min · 2095 words · Jalen Wu
2015 WWE Performance Center trainees including Montez Ford and Apollo Crews

2015 WWE Performance Center Trainees; Where Are They Now?

The WWE was actively recruiting, globally, for the April 2015 Performance Center class. Some made it to the main WWE roster and are still active, some achieved main roster superstardom and succeeded outside of WWE, while others didn’t make it beyond NXT. Let’s break down the WWE Performance Center class of 2015 and see what they are up to today (2023). 🇦🇺 Australia Cassie McIntosh aka Peyton Royce aka Cassie Lee (Born in Sydney, resided in Melbourne, Australia) Cassie McIntosh got her pro wrestling training with Pro Wrestling Australia in 2009 and also trained with Lance Storm at his now defunct academy, in 2012....

April 14, 2023 · 7 min · 1426 words · Jalen Wu
WWE Tryouts

The Ultimate Guide to Trying Out for WWE's Performance Center

Step 1 Apply and submit your application to be a WWE Sports Entertainer/Pro Wrestler As of Friday, December 30, 2022, WWE’s Recruit website is live and accepting applications. Click the “APPLY NOW” link as seen in the screenshot, or scroll down to get started! The pop-up/modal asks for your date of birth and if you are a college athlete or not. If you are a college athlete, you will be taken to an NIL questionnaire If you are NOT a college athlete, you will be taken to the general questionnaire Step 2 Accept an invitation from WWE After submitting your application, WWE may contact you within 4-6 weeks notice to attend a tryout....

April 1, 2023 · 2 min · 258 words · Jalen Wu