Watch: First Arab woman to sign WWE deal
16 Oct 2017, 12:24 | updated: 16 Oct 2017, 12:44
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has signed Shadia Bseiso from Jordan to a developmental contract, making her the first Arab woman from the Middle East to have the opportunity to train to become a WWE Superstar.
Bseiso, a trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete and CrossFit enthusiast, attended WWE’s invitation-only talent tryout in Dubai earlier this year, reports the Albawaba.
The talent pool for the tryouts comprised 40 men and women from the Middle East and India with diverse backgrounds in sports and athletics, including powerlifters, rugby and football players, amateur wrestlers, martial artists and fitness experts.
Bseiso’s athletic abilities, confidence, and natural charisma earned her the opportunity to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida this January.
‘It is an honor to be the first-ever woman from the Middle East to sign with WWE,’ Bseiso said. ‘Working with WWE is an incredible opportunity. I have visited the Performance Center and attended the Mae Young Classic. I have personally witnessed the power of WWE and the passion of WWE fans. I look forward to starting on my path to becoming a WWE Superstar.’
‘Recruiting Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base,’ said Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. ‘We’re confident Shadia will help inspire future WWE Superstars, as we continue to recruit the most talented athletes and entertainers from around the world.
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OSN, in collaboration with WWE, has produced a one-hour behind-the-scenes special around the Dubai Try-Out. The programme is scheduled to premiere on OSN Sports Action 1 HD in late November.
Bseiso will join a roster of international talent at WWE’s Performance Center who hail from a variety of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
The WWE Performance Center is the home of the developmental system for WWE.
With seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program and cutting-edge edit and production facilities, the Performance Center allows new recruits to hone their skills through a comprehensive program that includes in-ring training, physical preparedness, and character development.
Additionally, recruits will be immersed in WWE’s Professional Development program that focuses on four key pillars of development – Life Skills, Education, Wellness and Career Success.