WWE announces new Performance Center class including Rok-C and Bianca Carelli

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2022/03/17/wwe-announces-new-performance-center-class-including-rok-c-and-bianca-carelli/

WWE unveils the newest Performance Center class.

Today, WWE announced the newest additions to the Performance Center and the NXT 2.0 product. This 2022 class confirmed the signings of Bianca Carelli, daughter of Anthony Carelli (Santino Marella) and former ROH Women’s World Champion Rok-C.

Below is WWE’s write-up about the class:

Theresa Schuessler who debuted on NXT 2.0 as Fallon Henley, is a 24-year old Tampa, Fla., native with five years of experience under her belt competing in the independent circuit under the name of Tesha Price.

Kayla Inlay has already begun to make a name for herself on NXT 2.0 and NXT Level Up. A former collegiate dancer and cheerleader, Inlay was trained by former WWE Superstar Tyler Breeze after training at his school “Flatbacks.”

A 6-for-2, 305-pound force, Joseph Sculthorpe was an NCAA All-Conference Offensive Lineman at NC State before signing with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent. Originally from Hampstead, N.C., Sculthorpe was a high school state heavyweight wrestling champion.

18-year-old Maddie Knisley is a six-time state champion in vault, having trained in competitive gymnastics for 11 years. She also competed on the independent wrestling scene as Nikita Knight

Calyx Hampton is a 22-year-old former athlete from the University of Oregon having competed on the school’s Acrobatics & Tumbling team, earning NCATA Individual Event National Championship honors.

Mitchell Lavalley has made a name for himself on the independent circuit under the moniker “Motherlover” Jake Tucker. Trained by the likes of WWE Hall of Famer Kane, Natalya, Tyson Kidd, and Dr. Tom Prichard, Lavalley won the 2014 “WWE Show Us Your Superstar” Contest when he was 19, making a series of videos at the WWE Performance Center before appearing on the SummerSlam Pre-Show Panel.

Bianca Carelli, the daughter of WWE Superstar Santino Marella, comes to the Performance Center after earning her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Western University. Carelli has extensive training in MMA fighting with a focus on Judo, Jiu Jitsu and Boxing.

Cole McKinney from Charleston, W.Va., has been honing his craft for over a year and a half already after foregoing wrestling offers from multiple DI Universities to pursue his passion for professional wrestling, going by the ring name Cole Karter on the independents.

Twenty-three-year-old David Bostian of Wilmington, N.C., has been a folkstyle wrestler for 16 years while simultaneously training as a powerlifter.

6-foot-4 Gabe Wai heads to Florida from Corvallis.Ore., following his tenure as a DI Rugby player at Lindenwood University. The 260-pound Army Reservist was projected to be drafted into the Professional Rugby League.

Carla Gonzalez from Pasadena, Texas is better known as Rok-C after graduating from Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling school as the youngest ROW Diamonds Champion.

Nnamdi Oguayo of Beltsville, Md., stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 245 pounds after playing four years on the defensive line for Washington State University.

Edwin Grande was a standout offensive lineman at the University of Idaho and Monterey Peninsula College. The Oakland, Calif., native played for the Houston Blues football team during the 2020 Spring League.

Amelia Herr is an 18-year-old Criminal Justice major out of West Chester, Pa. With two years of Taekwondo training under her belt, she also competed on the independents as The Notorious Mimi

Say hello to the latest class of recruits looking to make a name for themselves in @WWE! https://t.co/GyQ96ULidC

— WWE Recruit (@WWERecruit) March 17, 2022

Anthony Carelli confirmed Bianca’s signing during an interview in February. Kayla Inlay has had several matches on NXT 2.0 and has been used as an enhancement talent. This past January, Rok-C dropped the ROH Women’s Title to Deonna Purrazzo at an IMPACT Wrestling TV taping.

The pettiness at not including Rok-C’s ROH Women’s Title reign…

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Well, ROH was just bought by the competitor, and ROW is owned by one of their regular panelists and Hall of Famers, so it’s not surprising.

Happy for Rok-C. Seeing her as the shortest woman here raises a challenge for her, but she’s also very young.

Also, Notorious Mimi! I believe I saw her in an AEW Dark Elevation match the last time they were in Philadelphia.

Oh I totally understand why, but it’s the umpteenth example of how the wrestling world (be it hall of fame inductees, or historical context for new signees, roster members or alumnus) is dictated entirely by who’s on the outs with them for whatever reason.

One small thing I appreciate about other (albeit smaller) companies is not acting as if large swathes of the industry don’t exist.

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