In conjunction with their Saturday live event in Shanghai, China, WWE announced that it has signed seven Chinese individuals to developmental deals.
Six males and one female make up the list. Those signed are Big Boa (6’4”, 220lbs), a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the 2016 Brazilian jiu-jitsu China Open Gi/No-Gi champion; Gu Guangming (6’8”, 287lbs), an amateur boxer and winner of the National Men’s Championship in his weight class in 2014; Gao Lei (5’10”, 320lbs), a champion in various Beijing traditional wrestling promotions and was the team leader of Mongolian University’s wrestling team; Wang Xiaolong (6’3”, 243lbs) who has a background in basketball and dance; Yifeng (6’2”, 238lbs), an actor from Shanghai; Cheng Yuxiang (6’2”, 226lbs), an expert-level fitness trainer and a boxer. The only female is Zhao Xia (5’4”, 136lbs) who has trained in martial arts and is the co-founder of her own fitness studio.
All of them had tryouts during a four-day training camp that WWE held in Shanghai in June of this year which was headed up by WWE Performance Center head coach Matt Bloom. All the Chinese signed under the deal will be relocating to Orlando, Florida and will begin training at the WWE Performance Center in January 2017.
WWE is making a big push in China and even opened offices in Shanghai to expand the brand’s reach. China is the only big market that the WWE Network has yet to launch in however strict Internet laws and other laws by the communist country makes International deals difficult and sometimes impossible.