WWE has announced “The Search for Africa’s Next WWE Superstar.”
The talent search is open to citizens of any African country and submissions will be accepted until December 18.
The campaign is in conjunction with WWE’s Sub-Saharan Africa broadcast partner SuperSport.
The continent-wide search was announced on November 8 in Lagos, Nigeria. The city will host a multi-day tryout in February 2023.
The announcement outlined the talent search process as follows:
“Interested candidates will be asked to submit a video highlighting their potential to become a WWE Superstar. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the Lagos tryout in February 2023.
“A select number of tryout participants will then be awarded an all-expenses-paid experience to continue their tryout journey alongside current and prospective WWE Superstars ahead of WrestleMania 39 in Los Angeles in April 2023.
“A full-time WWE developmental contract may be offered to the top-performing participants who will then begin their new career at the world-class WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.”
In the announcement James Kimball, WWE Head of Talent Operations and Strategy said:
“Africa is a focal point of our renewed global talent recruitment strategy and this initiative in Lagos will launch what we envision becoming a year-round, multi-country effort to cultivate relationships and identify talent that will resonate with our passionate and loyal African fanbase.
“The region has incredible potential to serve as a meaningful talent development hub for WWE and we look forward to working with our tremendous partners at SuperSport to uncover the next generation of Superstars through this program.”
The Chief Executive of SuperSport added:
“The continent abounds with athletes and Africa has had several WWE Superstars, so this is the perfect opportunity to showcase fresh new talent.
“As there is a massive appetite among African audiences for WWE action and entertainment, we expect this initiative to be very popular with aspirants. SuperSport looks forward to telling this exciting story in the weeks and months to come.”
You can learn more about the application process at this link right here.
SuperSport is a broadcasting subsidiary of video entertainment platform MultiChoice and broadcasts all premium-live-events as well as live weekly episodes of Raw, SmackDown and NXT.
The talent search was announced by WWE co-CEO Nick Khan during WWE’s call for their 2022 third-quarter earnings report.
Also announced was a major broadcast partnership between WWE and Multichoice where Showmax has become the home of the WWE Network in Africa.
Showmax is the leading streaming service in the sub-Saharan region.
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