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WWE reportedly hands tryouts to top indie talents

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WWE looks to be continuing its shopping spree by signing top names from the independent circuit. If PWInsider.com’s Mike Johnson is to be believed, two highly touted names — Kylie Rae and KC Navarro — were definitely present at the tryouts for WWE.

Rae has had quite the career already, having been an original AEW roster member and participating at the inaugural Double or Nothing sow in 2019. However, after requesting her release, she was granted the same shortly after.

Kylie Rae has been part of many AEW tapings
Kylie Rae has been part of many AEW tapings

Someone with a gimmick reminiscent of Bayley’s original babyface character in NXT, “Smiley Kylie” then spent time in Impact Wrestling and NWA.

The 30-year-old shockingly announced her retirement from pro wrestling in November 2020 to focus on her mental health but was back the following year.

Navarro, 5’5″, is regarded as one of the best high flyers in the indies, having turned up for both CZW and MLW, alongside some appearances for Impact Wrestling and AEW (mostly on Dark).

As one of the best young prospects available, the 23-year-old would be perfect for WWE’s developmental brand, NXT.

WWE indiependent plans for 2023

WWE appears to have some interesting plans when it comes to independent wrestling talent, at least according to a new rumor.

According to a new report/rumor from Xero News, the company will be looking at indie talent in 2023 in a change to its current recruitment policies.

“WWE has eyes across the country and the focus is back onto some Indy talent” the site claimed on Twitter this week.

“A tryout in Orlando with Indy talent takes place next week and 2023 will be a good year for Indy talent and tryouts” the site concluded.

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