WWE Signs Former NFL Player Brennan Williams
WWE is looking to build a former NFL player into the next big thing in professional wrestling: the company has signed fromer NFL offensive tackle Brennan Williams.
Of course, Williams isn’t exactly new to wrestling, as he began pursuing this path late last year under the tutelage of former world champion Booker T. Under the ring name Marcellus Black, Williams wrestled for Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling. Booker T announced the signing of Williams a few weeks back, but WWE had yet to make the signing official. However, the company has now confirmed that Williams is headed to the Performance Center to begin training, via press release sent to WrestlingInc:
Six-foot-seven, 300-pound former NFL offensive tackle Brennan Williams is joining the ranks of the WWE Performance Center. He reports to Orlando today to begin his training.
A third-round draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2013, Williams played college ball at the University of North Carolina prior to joining the NFL. He was also part of the practice squads for the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots during his NFL tenure.
Williams, a lifelong fan of sports-entertainment, began training under WWE Hall of Famer Booker T in October 2015 after his NFL career ended. He made his in-ring debut for Booker’s Houston-based Reality of Wrestling earlier this year, competing under the alias Marcellus Black.
In addition to his experience on the gridiron and in the ring, Williams holds a black belt in taekwondo.
For a guy not even a year into his wrestling career, Williams shows a lot of promise. Hopefully, some time in the WWE Performance Center, surrounded by trainers who can help him become more well-versed in working for live TV, can do him a world of good. Williams definitely has the potential to be a star in the industry, and it helps that he’s already built a character for himself that doesn’t rely on his having been in the NFL. Sure, the “Shogun of the Row” gimmick kind of looks a bit like Finn Balor’s “Demon” get up, but we need more unique characters like this, in my opinion. I also love that Williams is clearly a fan of the business, as guys like Eddie Guerrero and The Great Muta are listed as his inspirations in wrestling. Here’s hoping he can reach the heights Eddie did. Best of luck to him.
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