WWE announced that NXT signee Adrian Jaoude has qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Jaoude will be representing Brazil in freestyle wrestling.
Jaoude was signed in October as part of the most-recent recruiting class that included independent wrestlers, Tough Enough contestants, and international athletes such as Jaoude.
Jaoude is now going through a “rigorous training program” at WWE’s Performance Center. It would be a feather in WWE’s cap if one of their signees who trained at their facility went on to big success at this year’s Olympics.
“It’s kind of breathtaking,” trainer Robbie Brookside told WWE’s website. “I think it’s a great thing for everyone down here to turn around and go, ‘One of us is going to the Olympics.’ It’s not very often you can say that.”
As for potential success in WWE, head trainer Matt “A-Train” Bloom said Jaoude is progressing nicely using his natural athletic ability to transition from amateur to pro wrestling.
“To be as successful as he’s been, you need to have that desire to be the best in whatever you do. Adrian has that,” said Bloom. “He understands that this is a whole new process, with new techniques. He knows that by working harder than the guy next to him, he’s going to advance. He’s doing just that.”