WWE signs 2021 Olympic gold medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock, thus bolstering their ever-growing roster.
WWE is known for looking high and far for athletes and personalities that can be molded into future “superstars.” One world they have reached into well before they ever built their performance center is amateur wrestling.
Quite a few WWE legends and stars of today have serious amateur wrestling backgrounds, including Alpha Acadamey members Chad Gable and Otis. Well, those two former members of the United States national wrestling team will have something in common with the company’s newest recruit.
On Wednesday, ESPN was the first to report that 2021 Olympic gold medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock is following in the footsteps of fellow gold medal winners Kurt Angle and Gable Steveson by taking their talents to the fictional world of professional wrestling.
Tamyra Mensah-Stock titles: 2-time world champion, 2021 Olympic gold medalist
After winning gold at 68 kilograms during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Mensah-Stock had publicly suggested a future in WWE was a possibility, however, she continued to compete and eventually won a second world title last year.
Yet, when she reached the top of her sport again in 2022, she was ready for a change and to scratch the itch that was a long-time dream to perform for the top promotion in professional wrestling.
“I love watching the athletes just in the ring, just doing what they do best. I just see their personalities just shine through the television, and I see their strength. Just everything about them resembles me, and I’ve just wanted to be a part of that.”– Tamyra Mensah-Stock [via ESPN]
The 30-year-old began her tenure at the WWE Performance Center on Monday and hopes to reach the main roster at some point in 2024.
For elite wrestlers like Tamyra Mensah-Stock, pro wrestling often comes naturally, however, the biggest hurdle is often developing an engaging character WWE fans can invest in. Considering her world-class talent level and passion for the product, there is a very good chance Mensah-Stock wins WWE gold in the next few years.