WWE has announced the addition of new recruits, all of them former EVOLVE wrestlers, to the WWE Performance Center, that they will eventually ruin with shoddy booking when they finally make it to the main roster. These trainees will become the next next generation of NXT Superstars and have amazing runs beloved by the NXT audience, only to be called up with no actual plan just to create a surprise and create the illusion that exciting things happen on Raw and Smackdown once WWE has run out of creative ideas for the people already on the main roster, which happens roughly every three months.
"A new class of recruits has reported for training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. The group can count among their ranks independent wrestling standouts and an NCAA All-American wrestler," a press release reads, painting a picture of the bright and shiny potential futures of eight young wrestlers who will one day be saddled with humiliating gimmicks like "mid-card loser" or "sex pervert."
The press release names the eight recruits joining the Performance Center. Here's who they are, but don't get too excited, since they'll all probably be a part of 2024's Retribution revival, Retribution 3.0, and be given new names like Butt Plug and Garden Hoe.
Brandi Pawelek, known on the independents as Brandi Lauren, is an exciting competitor who has stepped in the ring for promotions like EVOLVE and SHINE.
Camron Rogers is a 6-foot-1 Texan who competes under the name Curt Stallion. Rogers broke out in 2019 in EVOLVE Wrestling, where he battled the likes of SmackDown Superstar Matt Riddle and NXT Superstars Cameron Grimes, Dexter Lumis and Mansoor.
Anthony Greene is a flamboyant Massachusetts native and standout grappler from EVOLVE Wrestling. The 26-year-old stood toe-to-toe with NXT Tag Team Champion Tyler Breeze in EVOLVE, as well as many of his fellow recruits from this class.
Dartanyon Ruffin, better known as Leon Ruff, is a former EVOLVE Tag Team Champion. The energetic 24-year-old has competed on Raw, SmackDown, NXT and 205 Live in recent months, going up against the likes of Sheamus, Aleister Black, Tommaso Ciampa and Legado del Fantasma.
Joseph Ruby is a 6-foot, 249-pound powerhouse from New Jersey. Competing as Joe Gacy, he's a former three-time Combat Zone Wrestling Heavyweight Champion and EVOLVE Tag Team Champion.
Joshua Bruns is an imposing figure, standing 6-foot-8 and weighing 268 pounds. As Josh Briggs, he's been the EVOLVE Champion and battled the likes of NXT United Kingdom Champion WALTER, Matt Riddle, John Morrison and Raw Tag Team Champion Angelo Dawkins.
Jacob Kasper is a 25-year-old amateur wrestling standout from Lexington, Ohio. Kasper wrestled at Duke University, where he was a two-time NCAA All-American and won the 2018 ACC heavyweight championship. He also placed in the 2016 Olympic trials.
Jake Clemons of Ohio is a referee who has officiated matches on Monday Night Raw, as well as for promotions like EVOLVE and AIW.
One more thing: don't get too used to whatever cool theme music they debut with on NXT, since WWE will also change that for no real reason when they're eventually called up to the main roster. Congratulations on your success, new recruits! Enjoy it while it lasts!