WWE’s hunt for the next generation of wrestling stars is never ending and it seems the focus is, once again, on independent wrestlers.
Talking about the recent Defy Wrestling show, Bryan Alvarez, on Wrestling Observer Radio, recently revealed that:
“Gabe Sapolsky was there. He was blown away by the show.”
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Sapolsky was rehired by WWE on September 23, 2022 following his release in January of the same year.
Under the Triple H era of WWE, there has been a renewed focus on scouting independent wrestling talent again, shifting away from the previous stance of only hiring and training young athletes.
There has of course not been a complete shift in mentality and more a blend of the two, as Triple H has still spearheaded programs such as the NIL and Campus Rush which are targeted at college athletes who have never wrestled before.
With Sapolsky having previously been seen at the October 14 AAW Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament event, it appears that Gabe is speaking some of his time out on the road scouting talent.
Whilst there’s been no confirmation from either side, it would be a surprise if someone with the position, influence and insight of Sapolsky wasn’t looking at the Defy show with at least one eye on the scouting aspect, even if he was just there to enjoy the show.
Defy Kingdom Come took place in Chicago, Illinois on October 29, 2022 and featured:
- The Second Gear Crew (Mance Warner & Matthew Justice) defeated State Of Emergency (Miles Deville & Sebastian Wolfe) in a DEFY Tag Team Title No Disqualification Match
- Schaff defeated Adam Ryder, Adriel Noctis, Eddie Pearl, Guillermo Rosas, Levi Cooper, Ortiz and Shiho Hong in the Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title Battle Royal
- Davey Richards defeated Cody Chhun
- Vert Vixen defeated Liiza Hall for the DEFY Women’s Title
- Nick Wayne & Ultimo Dragon defeat Gringo Loco & La Estrella
- Minoru Suzuki defeated Tom Lawlor
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