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WWE signs first female wrestler from the Middle East

Dubai-based Shadia Bseiso is currently a voice-over artist and TV presenter

WWE signs first female wrestler from the Middle East
Dubai-based Shadia Bseiso becomes WWE's first female wrestler from the Middle East

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has signed its first female wrestler from the Middle East, Dubai-based Shadia Bseiso.

The originally-Brazilian athlete took part in WWE’s invite-only try outs in the city earlier this year, where she competed against 40 men and women from the Middle East and India.

Bseiso said, “It is an honour to be the first-ever woman from the Middle East to sign with WWE. Working with WWE is an incredible opportunity. I have personally witnessed the power of WWE and the passion of WWE fans. I look forward to starting on my path to becoming a WWE Superstar.”

Bseiso, who is trained in Brazilian ju-jitsu and CrossFit, will train at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, starting January 2018.

The centre is built to help upcoming wrestlers improve their skills through strength and conditioning programmes and character development in order to get them on the main shows. It has helped the likes of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Sasha Banks get featured on the shows.

WWE’s executive vice president of talent, live events & creative, Paul "Triple H" Levesque said, “Recruiting Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base. We’re confident [she] will help inspire future WWE Superstars, as we continue to recruit the most talented athletes and entertainers from around the world.”

Bseiso will join a list of international talent athletes who hail from countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, and the UK.

Bseiso was born in Jordan but had studied university in Lebanon. She is currently a voice-over artist and TV presenter in Dubai.