Back in April, WWE announced a new, international class of 11 recruits, including former collegiate athletes, bodybuilders and talent from the independent wrestling circuit, from seven countries that began training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Three men from that class made their respective wrestling debuts in a 20-Man Battle Royal at Saturday’s NXT live event in Fort Pierce, Florida: Peter Howard, Thomas Kingdon and Kenneth Crawford.
Howard, who hails from Exeter, England, played collegiate Rugby in the United Kingdom and was a regional discus champion.
Made my debut at #nxtfortpierce tonight! Thank you very much pic.twitter.com/TUKNhH11uc
— Pete Howard (@PeteHowardWWE) September 27, 2015
Kingdon, who is from Traverse City, Michigan, competed in amateur bodybuilding and played football in high school. In 2013, he won the super-heavyweight class at the NPC Central States Competition.
My boy @bigtkingdon making his royal rumble appearance tonight at #NXTFtPierce #BEAST pic.twitter.com/TOFimhGP4x
— Nia Jax (@NiaJaxWWE) September 27, 2015
Crawford served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and was named Anson High School Athlete of the Year (North Carolina) in 2007. He wore black trunks and a white shirt, which Solomon Crowe kept pulling over his head so he could attack him.
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