WWE sends a scout to Penn State Pro Day

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In listing those who attended Wednesday’s Pro Day, the Penn State football program revealed some unusual information: A scout from World Wrestling Entertainment was in attendance.

That came as a surprise and raised immediate questions about which player or players the WWE scout was looking at. There’s been some speculation that the WWE scout could have been looking for XFL players, but that seems unlikely: The XFL isn’t launching for two more years, and Vince McMahon has made clear that the XFL is his own separate venture, not an arm of the WWE.

More likely, the WWE just wants to get a better handle on the kinds of big, strong, athletic men who are going to be looking for work in the months ahead. It’s highly unlikely that a player who’s good enough to get drafted could be lured away by the WWE, but there are plenty of players at Pro Day workouts who aren’t going to make it to the NFL. It makes sense for the WWE to look at those players.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a backup defensive lineman at the University of Miami. Maybe the WWE can find the next Rock at a Pro Day workout.

23 responses to “WWE sends a scout to Penn State Pro Day

  1. It has begun.

    If XFL is able to lure college football players away from the NFL, this is a significant blow to the NFL. Imagine 5 years from now the top QB prospect gets offered more money from XFL than the NFL rookie wage scale, and the XFL is the new cool thing? I can imagine 32 billionares working on a way to take out or acquire and destroy the XFL.

  2. allsyntax says:
    March 22, 2018 at 9:35 am
    It has begun.

    If XFL is able to lure college football players away from the NFL, this is a significant blow to the NFL. Imagine 5 years from now the top QB prospect gets offered more money from XFL than the NFL rookie wage scale, and the XFL is the new cool thing? I can imagine 32 billionares working on a way to take out or acquire and destroy the XFL.
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    Except that the pay scale in the XFL won’t be competitive to the NFL. Compared to the NFL it will be pennies on the dollar. The incentive will be for players to look good for the NFL.

    Vince barely pays most of the wrestlers well and sticks them on making money via merch sales.

  3. I wonder what the salary is for a wrestler? Be interesting to compare to the rookie wage scale. And is the WWE can lock them up mow, who’s to say they won’t transition to the XFL in 2020?

  4. everyone likes to laugh and discount the xfl, kind of like how they laughed and discounted the fan protest of the protesters and we see how THAT one turned out! who’s laughin now?

  5. For those not sure of the recent College Football to WWE pipeline here are some good examples…

    Joe Anoa’i was a UDFA in 2007 and as Roman Reigns is one of their top guys.

    Dean Muhtadi and Tom Pestock are former 2009 UDFAs and are now up and comers as Mojo Easley and Baron Corbin respectively.

    Sabatino Piscitelli is a former 2007 2nd round pick(Bucs) who actually was on active rosters until 2011. He is in their developmental system now as Tino Sabatelli.

    Michael Rallis is a former Minnesota Golden Gopher who had a tryout with the Dolphins but wasn’t signed and got signed by WWE right after. Him and other former football player Tino Sabatelli are a tag team.

    Babatunde Aiyegbusi and Demetrius Bronson are two former UDFAs who are training for their developmental debuts.

    Also a former Pats cheerleader is part of their women’s division under the name Carmella.

    It is actually a smart decision adding to their core of lifelong wrestlers with football players over former body builders. It’s able to mask inexperience with athleticism. I know there are scouts who send WWE lists of guys likely to not be given a shot out of college.

  6. Most of the guys on the WWE roster that are larger are ex NFL players. Basically they’re just swooping in on the guys who don’t get drafted or get cut after pre-season and offer them contracts.

  7. “WWE has got to be the dumbest thing on TV.”

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    Apparently someone doesn’t watch the news.

  8. WWE workers have no health insurance. neither did the XFL. Vince owns the teams just like he did before. The players will not be making big bucks. they will be lucky to make 10 grand a game. Vince is banking on fans being butt hurt over the kneeling that they will flock to his pre-determined football.

  9. rkt4mayor says:
    March 22, 2018 at 10:25 am
    I wonder what the salary is for a wrestler? Be interesting to compare to the rookie wage scale. And is the WWE can lock them up mow, who’s to say they won’t transition to the XFL in 2020?
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    The average WWE Salary is 500k. The highest two Men’s salaries is 10 million(Brock Lesnar) and 8.5 million(John Cena). They are the only two to make above 5 million this year. Most of the people who get a million or more are long time names or high merch sellers. The lowest salaries for the men is 200k going to multiple wrestlers. In the case of Cena and Lesnar it should be noted part of their figures include a cut of overall merch revenue(meaning not just from their merch sales) and PPV revenue. Their bases are 3-5 million not including those.

    THe women’s division makes far less. The top two paid are Ronda Rousey making 1.5 million and Charlotte Flair making 550k. Rousey’s deal includes free travel and hotel accommodations(something not provided to 90 percent of the roster as wrestlers pay their own travel and lodging expenses). The lowest paid are 80k spread through multiple wrestlers.

    They also do not get health insurance, which the NFL provides for football players, because the wrestlers are considered independent contractors. So they have that expense as well.

  10. People need to temper their expectations of the XFL and the Alliance of American Football league. They are minor leagues and aren’t competing with the NFL providing fans of the game with a league. They also give an opportunity to players who, for some reason, didn’t make an NFL roster. No, the NCAA isn’t the solution because there is an eligibility time limit. Most of these players are reaching their athletic and physical prime with limited opportunities.

  11. For comparison here is the XFL pay scale from the first run.

    QBs made 5k per game. Non-kickers made 4.5k per game. Kickers made 3k per game.

    Winning team bonus was 2.5k per player. Playoff win was 7.5k per player. The title game bonus was 25k per player. A kicker and a WR got around the base pay restrictions by having themselves listed as backup QBs.

    It’s insinuated this will likely increase for numerous reasons(inflation, to better the player pool, ect) but I wouldn’t expect any crazy salaries.

  12. Sabatino Piscitelli is a former 2007 2nd round pick(Bucs) who actually was on active rosters until 2011. He is in their developmental system now as Tino Sabatelli.

    I had no idea. If he wrestles like he played safety, he’ll be perfect for leaping off the ropes and missing his target.

  13. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    March 22, 2018 at 11:27 am
    “Sabatino Piscitelli is a former 2007 2nd round pick(Bucs) who actually was on active rosters until 2011. He is in their developmental system now as Tino Sabatelli.”

    I had no idea. If he wrestles like he played safety, he’ll be perfect for leaping off the ropes and missing his target.
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    He seems to have gotten over his accuracy issues. He actually plays a smug asshat well on tv. Well ehough where he will probably make up for being green.

    They did a docu series on developmental and he talked up his NFL career as if he didn’t flame out after 4 seasons.

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