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Three recruits from India chosen for WWE’s Performance Center

One of them is a former cricketer, another is a former basketball player, while the third used to be a javelin thrower. All of them will now be heading to the WWE's performance centre.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 30, 2020 6:58:04 pm
Gurvinder Singh, Laxmi Kant Rajpoot, and Sukhwinder Grewal will head to the US. (Source: WWE)

WWE announced a list of the newest recruits to its performance centre in the US and the Indian trio of Gurvinder Singh, Sukhwinder Grewal, and Laxmi Kant Rajpoot have been shortlisted.

Who are the three? 

Standing 7 feet tall, 310-pound Gurvinder Singh hails from Jagadhri in Haryana. Singh is an experienced cricketer and actor who trained under another WWE personality The Great Khali.

Sukhwinder Grewal from Ludhiana is another trainee of Khali. He is 7-foot-2 and tipping the scales at 340 pounds. The 24-year-old played basketball before setting his sights on the ring.

Twenty-five-year-old Laxmi Kant Rajpoot is from Banda in Uttar Pradesh. He reportedly has experience in javelin throwing and taekwondo.

In this profile of the former wrestler’s academy, Gaurav Bhatt had written about how Dalip Singh Rana a.k.a. The Great Khali had set up the institute in January 2015. The academy is the base for Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE), the Indian version of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Other recruits

Among other recruits are indie stars Mercedes Martinez, former NFL defensive lineman AJ Francis, acrobat Sidney Bateman, and Jake Atlas.

Martinez was an entrant in Sunday’s women’s Royal Rumble match.

The tryouts which were held last year saw a variety of participants from across the country put their best foot forward in the hopes of becoming a part of the pro-wrestling.

Around 80 participants consisting of close to 60 men and around 20 women were sourced from a talent pool consisting of elite performers with a diverse background in sports and athletics including kabaddi, wrestling, basketball, cricket and bodybuilding.

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