The methods used by WWE to find and develop potential superstars are constantly changing. WWE introduced the “NIL” (Next In Line – name, image, likeness) programme in December 2021. This initiative aims to improve the talent-development process through partnerships with top collegiate athletes. In the fall, WWE organised the “Campus Rush” tour, which stopped by eight universities to inform students about the requirements for becoming a WWE talent.
Exos, a “global leader in athlete training and human performance,” and WWE have now partnered up once more to give NIL athletes the chance to train at Exos’ “world-class” development facilities. At 400 locations in 26 countries, Exos currently provides more than 12,000 athletes. According to a press release from WWE, WWE NIL athletes will be “acquainting yourself with the Exos Athlete Experience Program and its numerous partners in sports science and data.
In the course of the athlete enrollment process, athletes will undergo extensive performance, overall health, nutrition, and physical therapy testing. A foundation for optimised training will be ensured by the customised and fully integrated plans made possible by the baseline developed for the athletes.” Exos, a leader in sports performance in the industry, will assist our NIL athletes have a better WWE experience, according to WWE Head of Talent Operations and Strategy James Kimball.
Anoa’i family member to enter the world of WWE
Sarah Robb O’Hagan, CEO of Exos, added her perspective, saying, “Exos is thrilled to team up with the WWE in an effort to meet its next generation of athletes on their journey in order to ensure success – physically and mentally – and continuity of care.” 25 currently active athletes are associated with WWE NIL. Following graduation, three members of the first class joined WWE and began working out regularly at the Orlando WWE Performance Center. In “early 2023,” it is anticipated that the next NIL class will be revealed.
The latest Anoa’i family member to enter the world of professional wrestling has begun training. Zilla Fatu, son of late WWE superstar Umaga, has reported to WWE Hall of Famer Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling training school. The Bloodline, WWE’s top faction, is made up of members of the Anoa’i family, including Roman Reigns, the Usos, and Solo Sikoa.
Given his family ties and Booker T’s relationship with WWE, Fatu joining the company and The Bloodline in the future would not be surprising. Nevertheless, given the young performer’s inexperience, that is most likely a long way off. The Anoa’i family is also well-known in the world of Reality of Wrestling. The Usos made a surprise appearance for the firm during their development days in 2008, along with then-manager Athena.