NCAA Players Pursue WWE Superstardom During WrestleMania Week

NCAA Players Pursue WWE Superstardom During WrestleMania Week

WWE held tryouts for NCAA athletes in the lead-up to their biggest event of the year, WrestleMania.

The show is part of WWE’s initiative to sponsor and potentially get NCAA athletes into their schedule. They said the new laws permitting college players to profit outside of their college’s program give them a whole new talent pool to recruit from.

WWE lead coach and former WWE star Matt Bloom said, “It’s really top quality athletes who maybe didn’t have an interest or a background in sports entertainment,” Bloom commented. “They are now having an opportunity to further their athletic careers in something that maybe they weren’t expecting to do.”

One of the WWE hopefuls trying out at the show was former Texas Tech football player Houston Miller. He said even if he’s had success in the gridiron, his dream has always been to be a star in the ring.

“I knew I’ve always wanted to be a WWE wrestler,” Miller said. “Everyone in my career, whether it was a football coach, whether it was family or friends, whoever, said I should be a WWE wrestler”

Houston Miller began his pursuit of superstardom, applying online like most other hopefuls. He said he hopped on a plane in Orlando to attend tryouts with a friend, even though Miller was not the one trying out. There, he ran into a talent getter from WWE who gave him the map to the WWE.

That leap of faith led to a true tryout in Arlington three months later on the week of WrestleMania. According to Coach Bloom, Miller made a correct impression.

“Houston Miller walks into a room and he has what is called the ‘it factor,'” Bloom said. “You just look at him. You notice him, his energy, his persona, his size.”

This WrestleMania weekend, Miller will await the bated breath, hoping his name is called to represent Texas in the ring as the WWE’s newest star, “American Patriot.”

WrestleMania 38 will in played in Arlington at AT&T Stadium. Night 1 has already finished with a bang, given Stone Cold Steve Austin’s return to WWE. Night 2 on Saturday will be available on Spectrum PPV at 7:00 pm CT.