The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), in conjunction with SuperSport, has launched a continent-wide talent hunt to find Africa’s next WWE superstar.
The talent hunt tagged ‘The search for Africa’s next WWE superstar’ was announced at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday.
According to James Kimball, WWE’s head of talent operations and strategy, “Africa is a focal point of our renewed global talent recruitment strategy and this initiative in Lagos will launch what we envision becoming a year-round, multi-country effort to cultivate relationships and identify talent that will resonate with our passionate and loyal African fanbase.
“The region has incredible potential to serve as a meaningful talent development hub for WWE and we look forward to working with our tremendous partners at SuperSport to uncover the next generation of Superstars through this program.”
Marc Jury, chief executive of SuperSport said, “The continent abounds with athletes and Africa has had several WWE Superstars, so this is the perfect opportunity to showcase fresh new talent.
“As there is a massive appetite among African audiences for WWE action and entertainment, we expect this initiative to be very popular with aspirants. SuperSport looks forward to telling this exciting story in the weeks and months to come.”
‘The search for Africa’s next WWE superstar’ is open to citizens of any African country above the age of 20. Submissions will be accepted until December 18.
According to the organisers, applicants will be asked to submit a video highlighting their potential to become a WWE Superstar. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the Lagos tryout in February 2023.
A select number of tryout participants will then be awarded an all-expenses-paid experience to continue their tryout journey alongside current and prospective WWE Superstars ahead of WrestleMania 39 in Los Angeles in April 2023.
A full-time WWE developmental contract may be offered to the top-performing participants who will then begin their new careers at the world-class WWE Performance Centre in Orlando, Florida.
Interested candidates will learn more about the entry process here.