— PWInsider.com reports that Lio Rush is still scheduled to re-join the NXT brand sometime in the future. Rush has been off TV since WrestleMania after a series of backstage incidents landed him into the WWE doghouse again.
— Carmella will be replacing Dolph Ziggler at the Oz Comic Con in Melbourne next month. Ziggler was originally scheduled to be there but the event is the same weekend as WWE’s Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia where he is now booked to wrestle. This relatively last minute change seems to confirm that Ziggler’s return to WWE TV was not something planned out much in advance.
— WWE announced both a live event and a tryout to be held in China later this year:
SHANGHAI, China and STAMFORD, Conn., May 23, 2019 – WWE will return to China for the fourth straight year when WWE LIVE SHANGHAI comes to the Mercedes Benz Arena on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Tickets for WWE LIVE SHANGHAI are available at 10 am today and can be purchased via www.Damai.cn.
Fans attending WWE LIVE SHANGHAI will be able to see their favorite WWE Superstars including Roman Reigns™, Kofi Kingston™, Charlotte Flair™, Asuka™, Finn Bálor™, Xavier Woods™, The IIconics™, Shinsuke Nakamura™ and Kevin Owens™, as well as Chinese nationals Xia Li™ and Boa™, who are currently training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, U.S.
The announcement comes as WWE executives are recruiting elite Chinese athletes and performers in advance of what will be its largest tryout in China to date. The four-day tryout from Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18 in Shanghai will give up to 50 male and female athletes from China the opportunity to showcase their abilities with the goal of being selected to train at the WWE Performance Center.
“We are excited to once again bring WWE’s larger-than-life Superstars to our passionate fans in China,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “With our WWE scouts in Shanghai seeing dozens of Chinese athletes and performers at casting calls, I am looking forward to the day when one of these people will reach the top and appear alongside global WWE Superstars such as Roman Reigns, Kofi Kingston, Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins.”
WWE’s recruitment website (www.wweperformancecenter.com) is now available in Mandarin. Tailored to athletes who are interested in pursuing a career in WWE, the website features information about the recruitment process and provides a detailed look at what day-to-day life is like at the WWE Performance Center. Applications to participate in the tryout can also be submitted via the PP Sports website at http://sports.pptv.com/wwe/tryout2019.
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The tryout in Shanghai is the latest example of WWE’s global talent recruiting efforts. In recent years, WWE has scouted rugby and soccer players from Europe, kabaddi and kushti athletes from India, and martial artists and boxers from China. WWE has held similar tryouts in London, Dubai, Tokyo, Jeddah, Cologne, Santiago and Mumbai.
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