WWE unveils inaugural NIL class


WWE has unveiled 15 college athletes who will be among the first to participate in the newly created NIL (Name, Image & Likeness) program, which provides a clear path from college athletics to WWE.

The “Next In Line” first class includes athletes from 13 universities, seven NCAA conferences and four sports. In addition to the United States, this class includes representatives from many countries, including Canada and Nigeria. The following 15 athletes will join Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson in WWE’s first-of-its-kind NIL program:

  • Carlos Aviles of Ventura, California, 6ft 305lb athlete from Ohio State University.

  • Hayley Cavinder from Gilbert, Arizona, 5’6 ” basketball player from Fresno State University.

  • Hannah Cavinder of Gilbert, Arizona is a 5’6 ” basketball player from Fresno State University.

  • A.J. Ferrari from Dallas, Texas, 6ft 200lb wrestler from Oklahoma State University.

  • Lexi Gordon from Fort Worth, Texas, a 2m basketball player from Duke University.

  • Alia Hutchins from Toronto, Canada, 5’5 ” track and field athlete from Wake Forest University.

  • John Crane of Riverside, California is a 7-foot 400-pound soccer player from Portland State University.

  • Glen Logan from Kenner, Louisiana, 6ft 5,305 lb football player from LSU

  • Isaac Odugbesan from Lagos, Nigeria, 6ft 4,275lb football player from the University of Alabama.

  • Mason Parris from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 6ft 2,275lb wrestler from the University of Michigan

  • Masai Russell from Potomac, Maryland, 5’5 ” track and field athlete from the University of Kentucky.

  • John Seaton of Hillsborough, NJ, 6ft 1,285 lb football player from Elon University.

  • Joe Spivak of Lombard, Illinois, 6ft 300lb soccer player from Northwestern University.

  • Dalton Wagner from Spring Grove, Illinois, 6’9 and 330lb footballer from the University of Arkansas.

  • Riley White of Hoover, Alabama, 5’6 “track and field athlete from the University of Alabama.

The WWE NIL program was announced last week following the historic new NCAA policy that went into effect on July 1, 2021 and ushered in the NIL era, allowing college athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness. The comprehensive program serves to recruit and develop potential future superstars and further enhance the WWE talent development process through partnerships with college athletes from a variety of sports.

All partnerships with athletes will include access to WWE’s state-of-the-art Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, in addition to resources across the organization, including brand building, media training, communications, live events promotion, creative writing, and public relations. … Upon completion of the NIL Program, Selected Athletes can receive an exclusive opportunity to receive a contract with WWE.

Find out more about the “Next In Line” program on the website wwe.com/nil


Leave a Comment