The WWE Performance Center — where new signees go before they advance to NXT and then on to the main roster — is currently jam-packed with talent. There are between 60 and 80 contracted wrestlers based at the Performance Center at any given time, and WWE routinely holds tryout camps of up to 40 invitees at a time. In short, it’s a veritable pro wrestling factory. And while not everyone makes it through, the Performance Center has produced main roster standouts like Braun Strowman, Nia Jax, Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady.
While WWE has put an emphasis of late on snatching up big name independent wrestling talents like Austin Aries, Roderick Strong and TM-61 to bolster their NXT roster, they’ve never stopped courting “legitimate” athletes and potential international stars that would be extremely appealing to breaking into foreign markets. In particular, we’ve seen WWE’s focus on the Chinese market in recent months, and Chinese signee Tian Bin is about to make his onscreen debut.
Another market that WWE is hitting hard is the audience in India, and to that end they’re currently heavily courting two-time Olympic wrestling medalist Sushil Kumar. According to The Deccan Herald, WWE’s head of talent development, Canyon Ceman, flew to India last week to have a personal meeting with Kumar. While Kumar said he was not signing with WWE immediately, he is keeping all of his options open.
“I had a very good meeting with the head of the WWE talent development and I am exploring a lot of options as I just want to continue wrestling.
“I would not say that I am leaving the amateur arena. I am just keen to explore other avenues[.]”
Kumar’s agent went on record as saying talks with WWE have been ongoing for the past four months and that “something is going to materialize soon.”