The WWE have brought in a batch of new wrestlers this week and one new addition in particular is sure to get fan's speculating on just what he is capable of after a photo showing he and Arnold Schwarzenegger has emerged.
26-year-old Australian Chris Atkins, who signed to a WWE developmental deal this week, can be seen posing alongside the former bodybuilder turned actor turned politician in a LA gym.
And, as well as dwarfing Schwarzenegger in height, WWE's newest recruit looks like he would give the legend a run for his money in an arm wrestle.
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Atkins' huge physique is likely to have been one of the critical factors in the WWE offering him a chance to pursue his goal in pro wrestling but it could also lead to increased criticism heading in the direction of the organization's decision makers.
Indeed, the deal and subsequent photo come in the wake of former WWE Superstar Davey Boy Smith Jr who only yesterday criticizied Vince McMahon and co for shying away from hiring talent with "prior experience" in favor of individuals they can "gel" in their own way based largely on big muscles and stature.
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Who is he?
Chris Atkins may not have any experience on the United States indie wrestling scene but that doesn't mean he arrives at the WWE facility with no wrestling training at all. He was part of the Aussie scene since the age of 19, although he did admit that the WWE's offer came after being spotted at a "one time workout."
"I went for a one time workout at Golds Gym in North Hollywood and in classic Hollywood style I was approached by a guy named Eric."
Eric turned out to be a WWE scout. "He took my picture right there and sent it to the WWE talent director," explained Atkins.
The story certainly seems to fit with the accusations WWE focus more on looks than experience but when you see Chris Atkins looking so imposing when standing next to Arnold Schwarzenegger can you blame them on taking a chance he could turn into a bonafide star?
The budding Superstar will join fellow Aussies Emma and Buddy Murphy on WWE contracts.
What do you think WWE fans? Does Atkins look like a future WWE Superstar to you? And do you agree the WWE focus too much on physical appearance rather than wrestling talent? Let us know in the comments section below...
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