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WWE Signs NCAA Wrestlers, Football Players to Recruiting Program

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Riyadh. 

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Riyadh. 

Photographer: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has signed 15 college athletes to a program that the company hopes will give them a direct path to pro wrestling.

The athletes include All-American wrestler Cohlton Schultz from Arizona State University, national champion gymnast Derrian Gobourne from Auburn University, and the program’s first dancer and cheerleader, Ali Mattox from Ole Miss. The group comes from seven sports, including football, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and track and field.