WWE Announces Latest Performance Center Signing Class Featuring Former Ring of Honor Champion

WWE announced Thursday that it has 14 wrestlers in its latest Performance Center category, with the most notable additions being former ROH Women’s World Champion Roc-Si (real name Carla Gonzalez) and Santino Marella’s daughter Bianca Carelli. You can check out the full bios WWE.com has given to each new signer in the list below.

WWE’s developmental brand, NXT 2.0, will take part in the upcoming WrestleMania 38 weekend in early April with the NXT Stand and Deliver event on April 1. The headline of the show will be NXT Champion Dolph Ziggler from former champion Braun Brecker.

  • Theresa Schussler, who debuted as Fallen Henley in NXT 2.0, is a 24-year-old Tampa, Fla., native with five years of experience under her belt competing in the independent circuit under the name Tesha Price.
  • Kayla Inlay has already started making a name for herself on NXT 2.0 and NXT Level Up. A former collegiate dancer and cheerleader, Inley was coached by former WWE Superstar Tyler Breeze after training at his school, “Flatbacks”.
  • A 6-for-2, 305-pound force, Joseph Sculthorpe was an NCAA All-Conference offensive lineman at NC State before signing as a draft free agent with the Atlanta Falcons. Originally from Hampstead, NC, Skullthorpe was a high school state heavyweight wrestling champion.
  • Maddie Nisley, 18, is a six-time state champion in the vault, having trained in competitive gymnastics for 11 years. He also participated in the independent wrestling scene as Nikita Knight.
  • Calyx Hampton is a 22-year-old former University of Oregon athlete who competed on the school’s Acrobatics & Tumbling team, earning NCATA Individual Event National Championship honors.
  • Mitchell Lovely has made a name for himself on the independent circuit under the moniker “Motherlover” Jake Tucker. WWE Hall of Famers Kane, Natalya, Tyson Kidd and Dr. Coached by the likes of Tom Prichard, Lavalli won the 2014 “WWE Show As Your Superstar” contest when he was 19 years old, before making a series of videos at the WWE Performance Center. Appearing on the SummerSlam pre-show panel.
  • WWE Superstar Santino Marella’s daughter Bianca Carelli arrives at the Performance Center after earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from Western University. Kerelli has received extensive training in MMA fighting, focusing on Judo, Jiu Jitsu and Boxing.
  • Charleston, WVA K Cole McKinney has been honing his craft for a year and a half following pre-wrestling offers from several DI universities to pursue his passion for professional wrestling, going by the ring name Cole Carter on the Independent.
  • Twenty-three-year-old David Bossian of Wilmington, NC, has been a folk-style wrestler for 16 years, as well as training as a powerlifter.
  • After his stint as a DI rugby player at Lindenwood University, 6-foot-4 Gabe moved to Florida from Y. Corvallis.Ore. The 260-pound Army Reservist was estimated to be drafted into professional rugby league.
  • Carla Gonzalez from Pasadena, Texas is best known as Roc-C after graduating from Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling School as the youngest ever ROW Diamonds Champion.
  • Nnamdi Oguayo of Beltsville, Md., stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 245 pounds after playing four years on the defensive line for Washington State University.
  • Edwin Grande was an exceptional offensive lineman at the University of Idaho and Monterey Peninsula College. The Oakland, California, native played for the Houston Blues football team during the 2020 Spring League.
  • Amelia Herr is an 18-year-old criminal justice major based out of West Chester, Pa. With two years of Taekwondo training under her belt, she also competed on independents as The Notorious Mimi.

Gonzalez was positioned as the new centerpiece of Ring of Honor’s women’s division when she won the women’s title last September. However, Ring of Honor announced only a few months later that he was taking a hiatus and would allow all of his talents to become a free agent, allowing him to explore other options.

h/t WWE.com