As noted, WWE held a round of tryouts at the Performance Center in Orlando last week, and it was attended by names such as former Impact Wrestling Champions Robbie E and Chelsea Green, former NFL players, athletes and more. For a complete list of names who attended the tryouts click here.
According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the leading prospect at the WWE tryouts is Jacob Kasper, who some are likening to John Cena in terms of his potential.
The report furthers that Kasper “wrestled as a small heavyweight at Duke University. He was ACC champion earlier this year and placed fourth in the NCAA tournament”. Additionally, Kasper is trained in both MMA and AKA, and has been a main training partner for fighters such as Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold and Cain Velasquez.
Below is Jacob Kasper’s bio issued by WWE when the company announced Kasper’s tryout participation:
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2018 ACC heavyweight wrestling champion Jacob Kasper, a two-time All-American from Duke University who placed in the 2016 Olympic Trials and holds 108 career wins. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 225 pounds, Kasper has attracted much attention from sports media and WWE experts. WWE Hall of Famer and recruiter Gerald Brisco even likened him to one of WWE’s all-time greats, telling ESPN.com that Kasper “reminds me in many ways of a young John Cena.” In addition to his accomplishments in wrestling, Kasper has also been a training partner for current UFC champion Daniel Cormier, as well as former champions Luke Rockhold and Cain Velasquez.
Below is a photo of Kasper, courtesy of ESPN.com:
Photo Credit: ESPN.com