WWE has reported six new recruits will begin working at the Performing Center in Orlando, Florida. Two big names are included in this class. Mercedes Martinez a former participant in the Mae Young Classic. The other one being Jake Atlas a great athlete and a big advocate for the LGBTQ community inside and outside the ring. The other 3 new recruits have no wrestling background. Emily Andzulis has a background in martial arts and recently competed on the Titans Game. Anthony Francis is a former NFL player, he played DT for 3 NFL teams. Sidney Bateman a former acrobat that has worked for Cirque du Soleil.
Six new recruits have reported to the WWE Performance Center.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) January 14, 2020
Mercedes Martinez a long-time indie veteran has worked for many promotions before competing in the Mae Young Classic in 2017. She reached the semi-finals that year and made her return to the tournament in 2018. She has appeared on NXT TV on different occasions. She brings a hard-hitting attitude to the already packed NXT women’s division.
Jake Atlas is a young explosive wrestler. He is only 25 years old with a bright future ahead of him. His parents were big fans of Lucha Libre and grew up watching wrestling his whole life. He’s more famously known for appearing on Undercover Boss with Stephanie McMahon. A big advocate of the LGBTQ community has expressed his dream to be the first openly gay WWE champion.
Count Oscar Says: It will be interesting to see what this class will bring. The 3 recruits with no former wrestling experience will probably take a while to step into the ring as they adapt to the pro wrestling lifestyle. As for Mercedes and Jake, they bring a lot to the table. It will be interesting to see how they use Mercedes and how she’s introduced. She’s no stranger to some NXT fans. She can perform in the ring and has a hard-hitting side of her. The women’s division is stacked at the moment and it will be interesting to see if she gets a chance to participate in this wave of great womens wrestling. Jake Atlas is only 25 years old and in his prime. In my opinion, he will probably work some NXT house shows before they actually roll him out on TV. He’s a great athlete and he’s well known for using his platform as an advocate for the LGBTQ community. He wants to be successful and one day be a champion in WWE. I’m excited to see where he goes.