WWE: Former English soccer player makes NXT debut as Hugo Knox

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The WWE roster is made up of wrestlers of all shapes and sizes, nationalities and backgrounds as those in charge look to bring in the most talented athletes around. And their expansive recruitment program looks to have brought success once again in the form of a former professional soccer player from England.

Changing roles

Stuart Tomlinson spent ten years playing the game professionally in his native England between 2003-2013 but this year decided on a career change - heading to the US in the hope of achieving his WWE dream.

And after signing a developmental contract and undergoing intensive training over recent monthsTomlinson last night made his in-ring debut on WWE Next under the ring name Hugo Knox.

Teaming with Elias Samson and Steve Cutler in a three-on-three match up against Angelo Dawkins, Chad Gable and Sawyer Fulton in Daytona, Florida, Knox earned rave revies from onlookers.

Fellow newcomer to the WWE Kevin Steen expressed his delight at seeing the progress of his English counterpart, taking to Twitter in the aftermath of Knox's debut.

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Tomlinson will be hoping he can continue to impress and built on a solid start, with the bright lights of the WWE main roster undoubtedly the ultimate goal.

Having played in the lower leagues of English soccer for so long the chance to perform in front of huge arenas around the US would certainly mark quite a change.


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