The WWE might have signed their next great giant.
On Tuesday, WWE announced the signing of six new developmental talents who will be headed to the Performance Center in Orlando in hopes of jump-starting WWE careers.
I wrote about the potential of Titan Games alum Emily Andzulis, as she is one of the brightest prospects, but there is one in particular who stands out more than the other five.
After two tryouts at the WWE PC, the promotion signed the 7-foot, 310-pound Zech Smith, an ex-basketball player from Oklahoma. Smith played college hoops at Cal-State Bakersfield, Morgan State and professionally overseas. Most recently, he played for the Washington Generals (you know, the team that is paid to be destroyed by the Harlem Globetrotters).
PULLMAN, WA – NOVEMBER 08: Zech Smith #55 of the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners reacts as the … [+]
To put it plainly, he wasn’t a major college basketball talent–let alone an NBA prospect–however, he was gifted enough athletically to play beyond college, and in case you haven’t seen him, Smith is in monster shape.
He is clearly taking this opportunity to build a career in WWE seriously, and with his size, he has some credibility as soon as he walks in the door.
Not all giants find a favorable place in WWE, but standing a legit 7-feet tall and possessing a verifiable athletic background is an obvious plus. It also helps that former star Kevin Nash and current star The Big Show, who have similar height, played basketball in college and obviously went on to have successful careers.
Nash is a Hall-of-Famer and The Big Show will undoubtedly be there once he is done wrestling. Smith has a long way to go before he can be mentioned in the same breath as Nash and Show, but the talent and opportunity are there for him to make his mark.