WWE signs Josh Black to three-year rookie contract following SummerSlam week tryout

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Black received his offer after 13 days.

Over SummerSlam week in Detroit, Michigan, WWE held invite-only tryouts to scout talents for their N.I.L. program. One of the participants who has been signed is Josh Black, former defensive lineman for Syracuse University. 

There’s a story about Black signing with the company via Jay Taft of Rockford Register Star. Josh signed a three-year rookie contract with WWE. 

I waited and waited; but it was so worth the wait. I was a little struck. It was one of those moments, where you are like, ‘Is this really happening?’

He played six seasons of college football. After college, Josh competed for NFL roster spots with the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. He was cut by New Orleans before the 2022 NFL season opener. 

Josh was initially worried when he did not hear from WWE immediately after his tryout because participants were told they would find out right away if they were being brought in or not. He’ll be moving to Florida in two or three months to report to the Performance Center. He hopes wrestling sticks. He’s been watching since he was a kid. 

I was a little worried (when I didn’t hear back from WWE immediately), sure, but I knew I had a good thing going. I knew I did well at that tryout. Now, I’ve got a contract coming in about a week, and then it’s off to Orlando (Florida) in the next two or three months for a new life.

In early June, WWE unveiled their spring 2023 rookie class of N.I.L. recruits. To view the list of signees, click here.

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