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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has signed on Kuwaiti national Nasser Al Ruwayeh, giving him the opportunity to train to become a WWE Superstar.

Al Ruwayeh was introduced to the crowd during Friday’s WWE Live Abu Dhabi event at the Zayed Sports City International Tennis Complex, where the new recruit and met with Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque, WWE Executive Vice-President, Talent, Live Events and Creative, to sign his developmental contract.

“It is an honour to sign with WWE and represent the Middle East,” said Al Ruwayeh in a statement. “I look forward to competing with world-class athletes as I begin my journey in becoming a WWE Superstar.”

“Signing Nasser is another example of WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster that mirrors the diversity of our fan base,” said Levesque. “We are confident that Nasser will inspire future WWE Superstars from the Middle East as we continue to recruit the most talented athletes and entertainers from around the world.”

Al Ruwayeh is a national CrossFit competitor with a background in MMA and boxing. He was recruited following a performance at the WWE tryout in Dubai earlier this year. Al Ruwayeh was one of 40 men and women from the Middle East and India with diverse backgrounds in sports and athletics, including powerlifting, rugby, football, amateur wrestling and the martial arts.

Al Ruwayeh will develop his talents at WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

His recruitment follows the announcement in October of Shadia Bseiso as the first woman from the Middle East, and Kavita Devi, the first Indian woman, to sign WWE developmental contracts. Both women also took part in the Dubai tryout.