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Crazzy Steve among 30+ wrestlers at WWE Performance Center Camp

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The WWE hosted a 3-day camp this past week at the Performance Center 30+ aspiring superstars. The camp hosted by head trainer Matt Bloom included cross fit athletes, former football players, MMA fighters and independent talent.

The camp also included former TNA wrestler Crazzy Steve who has been reported in the past to make his debut on the NXT roster later this year.

Prospects at this week’s camp included:

  • Obstacle course racer Hunter McIntyre, the reigning champion of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge competition series and a decorated Spartan Race runner
  • Amarlo Herrera, a 250-pound linebacker from the University of Georgia who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft
  • Noke Tago, a 300-pound defensive tackle from American Samoa who played at Oregon State
  • 6-foot-2, 230-pound Raynor Whitcombe, a New Zealand-born football player-turned-bodybuilder who was the first-place winner of the 2015 BodySpace Spokesmodel Search
  • Denzel DeJournette, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound All-American wrestler from Appalachian State University who finished eighth in the NCAA heavyweight wrestling championships
  • 6-foot-1, 205-pound Nicolai Salchow, a Brazilian-born, German-raised kickboxer and grappler who is 6-1 in professional MMA fights
  • CrossFit competitor Lindsey Kelly, a former swimmer at the University of Arizona who has deadlifted 410 pounds and squatted 315 pounds, according to her CrossFit profile
  • Reginald Gibbs, a 275-pound, Georgia-based independent wrestler and protege of WWE Superstar Mr. Hughes who competes as “Odinson” in the southeast region
  • Brothers Arthur and Josh Haug. Arthur Haug was a four-sport athlete in high school and a former bodybuilding champion who has trained with Impact Pro Wrestling. Josh Haug was a three-time letter winner as a wrestler at the University of Iowa, a 2016 national qualifier and an Academic All-American.
  • Minnesota powerlifter Nick Brewer, a 295-pounder who has been known to bend horseshoes and roll up steel frying pans with his bare hands. At the 2009 London Strongest Man competition, he pulled a firetruck.
  • Vernon Willis, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound California state wrestling champion
  • Andrew Cavanna, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound Connecticut weightlifting champion and five-time wrestling champion
  • Briana Brandy, a hip-hop artist who has performed with the likes of Soulja Boy and Ying Yang Twins, and trains in MMA and CrossFit
  • Wrestling veteran Cody Deaner, a multi-time heavyweight champion in Canada who once faced Kurt Angle on SmackDown in 2004
  • “Crazzy Steve” Steve Scott, a 14-year veteran from Ontario who received training under NXT’s Eric Young
  • 6-foot-9 Paul “PB Smooth” Bilbo, of Erie, Pa., a former college basketball player who has wrestled for Cleveland-based Absolute Intense Wrestling and CWF Mid-Atlantic in North Carolina
  • 23-year-old Matt King, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound model and independent wrestler from Atlanta who competes as “Raphael King”
  • 6-foot-6 Troy Russell, a graduate of Lance Storm’s wrestling academy who trains at the famous DeFranco’s Gym
  • Tehuti Miles, a 210-pound U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and played for the University of Maryland football team
  • Twenty-year-old Quelton Toliver, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound wrestler from Missouri
  • Brothers Morgan and Christopher Hill, football players-turned-fitness models from Las Vegas
  • Elena Pogosyan, a 24-year-old journalist-turned-wrestler who trained under WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz and has wrestled for almost two years
  • Jeslen Mishelle, a three-year wrestling veteran and blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who competes on the West Coast under the alias “Desi Derata”
  • Nikii Duke, a 24-year old bodybuilder, International Federation of Physique Athletes pro, and World Beauty Fitness and Fashion bikini competitor
  • Twenty-five-year-old Mike Taverna of New York City, who has wrestled in Chaotic Wrestling, Chikara and New York Wrestling Connection, among other groups
  • Marquis Carter, a U.S. Army veteran who was deployed once to Afghanistan and twice to Korea, and has officiated in several Florida wrestling organizations
  • Haley Kate Yellin, a fitness model with a background in dance, track and taekwondo
  • Will Cuevas, a California-based independent wrestler, former referee and U.S. Marine Corps veteran who is a former All Pro Wrestling Worldwide Internet Champion
  • Blake Dees, a 240-pound former college football player who played linebacker at Texas Tech and South Alabama
  • Micas Harris, a 28-year-old independent wrestler from Indiana who played semi-pro football
  • Marshall “Solo” Williams, a Maryland-based, 260-pound powerhouse wrestler who has trained under former WWE Superstar Gillberg and was an aviation ordinanceman in the U.S. Navy
  • 6-foot-5, 240-pound Zach Johnson, an independent wrestler from North Carolina for whom this was a second WWE tryout
  • Michael Richards, of New Zealand, a 6-foot-2 independent wrestler who has trained in the Ring of Honor Dojo
  • 6-foot-3, 285-pound former college football player Joe Maples. He made appearances in three Bowl Games as a member of the University of Missouri football team
  • Haley Tipton, a 24-year-old model and former Junior Olympics beach volleyball player
  • Rawle Chichester, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound wrestler with six years’ experience
  • Abigail Burgdorf, a college track athlete who is also an active powerlifter
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Randy Orton Claps Back At Tony Khan, AEW Founder Calls Out Orton For Using N-Word

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The on-going war between AEW and WWE took quite the turn Monday night on Twitter.

It all started when CM Punk tagged both Vince McMahon and Tony Khan in a tweet promotion tomorrow night’s episode of WWE Backstage. Khan responded with a tweet taking shots at WWE’s travel issues in Saudi Arabia.

Randy Orton defended WWE , and posted a 2018 article about Tony Khan’s father, lead AEW investor Shahid Khan. The article spoke on Shahid Khan being investigated in the United Kingdom for corruption.

Tony Khan held nothing back in his reply to Orton, speaking on the Viper “grasping for leverage” in tagging him in posts in the past. He was referring to Orton being vocal about being interested in AEW, as well as making cryptic social media posts. Khan seemingly feels Orton did this to get a better deal when re-signing with WWE.

Khan didn’t stop there, he brought up the recent Twitch stream where Randy Orton used the N-word.

Tony Khan stated, “I thought you only tagged me in your posts when you were grasping for leverage. That article’s over a year old + is about baseless claims made about my dad years ago. That’s the best you can do, nothing. Meanwhile in the time since that was written, you used the N word on twitch.”

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AEW’s Tony Khan Reponds To CM Punk And Takes Shots At WWE’s Saudi Arabia Travel Issues

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Tony Khan Throws Shade At WWE

Earlier today, CM Punk announced “no one is safe” on tomorrow’s edition of WWE Backstage.

Punk plans on speaking his mind during his first official appearance as an analyst on WWE’s late night studio show on FS1.

Punk stated, “It IS weird trying to catch up on 5+ years of rasslin’, I’m doing what I can. There’s bright spots, mostly women from what I can tell. There’s BAD too. I’m gonna talk about it, and no one is safe. Join us.” He tagged Renee Young, Booker T, WWE on FOX, Vince McMahon, and Tony Khan in his tweet,

Tony Khan responded by throwing shade at WWE’s recent travel incident in Saudi Arabia.

Khan replied, “No one is safe? Sounds like a plane full of wrestlers in Saudi Arabia!”

WWE Backstage will air on FS1 at 11 pm ET with host Booker T and Renee Young. Former WCW Champion David Arquette will be a guest, and take part in the “promo school” segment.

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Report: Nikki Cross Signs Multi-Year WWE Contract Extension

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Nikki Cross Signs New WWE Deal

One of WWE’s rising stars is planning to continue her year with the company for several more years.

According to Squared Circle Sirens, Nikki Cross has agreed to terms on a new deal with WWE. Cross has signed a multi-year contract extension with the company.

Cross originally signed with WWE in 2016, following a tryout the year before in London.

After spending two years on NXT as a mainstay in the SAnitY stable, Cross joined the main roster in 2018.

Nikki Cross joined forces with Alexa Bliss, winning her the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, her first title reign since signing with the company.

Exact details and length her deal has yet to be revealed, but the report suggests she will be in the WWE for years to come.

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