WWE tryouts begin in Melbourne today

Most wrestling fans would agree there is no bigger day of the year than WrestleMania, but for a handful of New Zealand wrestlers, today’s is the most important date on the calendar.

Kade Morgan, Marcus Kool, Rhys Youngblood, Shane Sinclair, and Travis Banks are currently in Melbourne to join fellow New Zealanders Jade Diamond, Sara Jay, and Toni Storm for a two-day WWE tryout, as announced last month.

“It’s hell on earth by the sounds of things,” Marcus Kool told Queenstown’s Mountain Scene.

Mountain Scene reports day one of the tryout will consist mainly of drills designed to test each wrestler’s physical condition.

Those who progress to tomorrow’s session will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their in-ring skills as well as more of their personality in the hopes of being hired by WWE.

Although competition will be fierce—the Jimboomba Times estimates there may be as many as 50 wrestlers from Australia and New Zealand offered tryouts—WWE Superstar Rob Van Dam says there has never been a better time to attend a tryout.

“I believe there’s never been a better time to go to one of these tryouts and try to break into the WWE that way because almost everybody on the WWE roster right now seems to have come up through their farming ground, NXT,” he told Fox Sports Australia.

“They’re always adding and building the momentum of NXT.”