Two days ago, WWE announced the signing of three new recruits to the WWE Performance Center. Among them is:
Stokley Hathaway, Cal Bloom, & Robert Strauss
Robert Strauss – formerly known in TNA/Impact/GFW as Robbie E. He’s also worked plenty of matches on the indies. He began his career way back in 2001.
Cal Bloom – son of Wayne Bloom who worked as Beau Beverly of the Destruction Crew/The Beverly Brothers in both WWE and AWA. He is another football player-turned-wrestler and has yet to wrestle a match.
Stokely Hathaway – manager/wrestler on the indie scene. He’d already been working with EVOLVE which features many NXT workers.
Here’s WWE’s press release:
World-traveled ring veteran Robert Strauss, renowned manager Stokely Hathaway and second-generation wrestler Cal Bloom are the newest recruits to join the WWE Performance Center this week in Orlando, Fla.
Strauss has been a fixture of the independent scene since making his debut in 2001, while still a teenager. Competing under aliases like “Robbie E” and “Rob Eckos,” he has won more than two dozen championships throughout his career, as well as wrestled in 46 states and more than 20 countries. In addition to his exploits in sports-entertainment, the New Jersey native has appeared on reality shows, making it to the finals on the 25th season of CBS’ “Amazing Race” and participating in the trials on “The Titan Games,” the competition series created by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Strauss also starred in Muscle & Fitness’ “Dad Bod Destroyer” video series.
Hathaway comes to the Performance Center after a successful tenure as a manager and a wrestler on the indies. Although trained for the ring, Hathaway gained a reputation in recent years for wheeling and dealing on behalf of other wrestlers. The notoriously outspoken Hathaway has represented clients in several promotions throughout the U.S., from EVOLVE Wrestling to the New England-based Beyond Wrestling. He hails from New York City.
Bloom, meanwhile, brings a sports-entertainment pedigree to the Performance Center. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is the son of former WWE Superstar Wayne Bloom, who wrestled as “Beau Beverly” in the early 1990s. The younger Bloom played tight end at the University of Central Florida, making four Bowl Game appearances (including UCF’s Fiesta Bowl win against Baylor University). He also received the team’s Iron Knight Award for strongest player after bench-pressing 500 pounds, a record for UCF tight ends. Although he hasn’t yet had a match, the 25-year-old Bloom has received training from his father Wayne, WWE alumnus Ken Kennedy and famed wrestling coach Brad Rheingans.
Botch Take: To be frank, I couldn’t care less about Robbie E. or Cal. Stokely, on the other hand, is platinum! He’s a fantastic manager and he also wins on Twitter just about every single day. If you’re not following him, you’re totally missing out. He’s an absolute riot in so many ways. My fear is that he’ll be lost at sea if WWE doesn’t decide to use managers. Stokely’s upside has never been about his ring work, though he’s hardly awful. If they can play to Stokely’s strengths and use him to the full, he could really be an asset.