Jarryd Hayne could soon be followed to American sport by another NRL player as Daniel Vidot considers an extraordinary offer from WWE.
The exiled Brisbane Broncos wing has revealed to the Courier Mail that he’s been offered a trial to compete in the professional wrestling organisation alongside some of the biggest names in wrestling.
The 25-year-old has been negotiating with WWE representatives for the past month after attracting the attention of US wrestling talent scouts who believe that Vidot has what it takes to become a star in WWE.
Last year Vidot played 23 times for the Broncos in the NRL, scoring eight tries and playing all three of Samoa’s Four Nations games but he fell out of favour with Broncos head coach Wayne Bennett in 2015 and he’s been restricted to playing in the Queensland Cup.
Moves to other NRL clubs have fallen through and Vidot will now fly to America later this month for a three-day trial at the organisation’s performance centre in Orlando.
“I’ve had an approach from the WWE,” Vidot told the Courier Mail. “They’ve contacted me and have offered to fly me over to Orlando in a few weeks to try out for the WWE. I’m seriously looking at it.
“They first approached me last year but I was playing good football with the Broncos, so I didn’t take it seriously. Then just recently they contacted me again and I’ve decided I’m going to have a crack at it.”
Vidot also revealed that he is no stranger to acting, as it was something he did at school and performing in front of huge crowds is something the winger has become well accustomed to since he made his NRL debut in 2009 for Canberra.
“In high school, I did acting lessons, I performed in some theatre work so playing up in the WWE wouldn’t be an issue for me. I’m different to most league players. I’m not a boring sort of guy. Like a lot of kids, I watched wrestling growing up, I would pretend to be The Undertaker. They’ve got thousands of applicants but I’ve been advanced to the final 30 because I’m considered an elite athlete. The WWE talent scout reckons I’ve got the size and the look they are after so I’m going to give it a go.”
Vidot has received an offer from the Reds to join their squad for the forthcoming Super Rugby season but he’s now focusing all his attention on making a career in WWE.
Source(s): Courier Mail