They’re good at that kind of thing in NXT. One of the most common criticisms that you will see of wrestlers is that they are not real athletes. Critics will cite the predetermined nature of a match to say that everything about wrestling is fake, which is just not the case. What the wrestlers are doing in the ring is very real and shows you just how athletically gifted these people are. That was on display again this week.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, NXT held a powerlifting combine at the Performance Center earlier this week. There were different lifting groups for both men and women, with NXT Champion Bron Breakker and Zoey Stark scoring the highest in two rep bench press, while JJ Baron and Yulisa Leon and Kayden Carter scored the highest in the two rep box squat respectively. Here are the full results:
Two-Rep Bench Press, Men:
* Bron Breakker: 455 pounds
* Brutus Creed, Tony D’Angelo: 385 pounds
* JJ Baron, Bryce Montana, Von Wagner, Julius Creed, Josh Briggs: 365 pounds
Two-Rep Bench Press, Women:
* Zoey Stark: 155 pounds
* Ivy Nile: 145 pounds
* Elektra Lopez, Yulisa Leon, Persia Pirotta, Indi Hartwell: 135 pounds
Two-Rep Box Squat, Men:
* JJ Baron: 530
* Bryce Montana: 515
* Julius Creed, Bohdi Hayward, Von Wagner: 425
* Grayson Waller: 410
* Sanga, Javier Bernal: 405
Two-Rep Box Squat, Women:
* Yulisa Leon, Kayden Carter: 275
* Ivy Nile, Erica Yan, Simone Johnson: 245
* Kay Lee Ray: 240
Opinion: This is one of those things that you do not get to see very often, but is shows you just how athletic and strong these wrestlers really are. It may be NXT, but the Performance Center has some very strong wrestlers and it is cool to see them getting to show what they can do, even among each other. Breakker winning the bench press is not surprising either, as he seems to be strong as a bull when he is in the ring.
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