SINGAPORE – These are the dreams. Growing up and watching larger-than-life color fighters like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Chris Jericho beat their opponents on television was a ritual for many children in Singapore.
Now for three Singaporeans this may soon be a reality. Androev Tang, Sean "Trexxus" Tan and Li Xin Yi were recently invited by WWE to try in Shanghai.
The trio are the mainstays of the promotion of home wrestling Singapore Pro Wrestling (SPW). They were among 40 athletes selected from Asian countries, including China, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan, to attend the four-day trial. The select few will win the coveted WWE Development Contract.
The 30-year-old Tang, who helped found SPW in 2012, has been fighting for seven years. Better known by his domestic operator, The Statement, Tang said, "It was crazy. It was very surreal to see head coach Matt Bloom (better known to fans as A-Train) in the ring giving advice to trainees. there were so many things to learn during the trials. "
With a lifetime bet, there was little room for error. Attendees were put through a lot of training, both indoors and outdoors, and the ropes in the ring were shown.
The 23-year-old Tan, who is 1.83 meters tall, said: "It was really fun. It really gave us a chance to find out what it's like to be a WWE superstar. I really liked it because being in the ring is my passion. "
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Singapore's first female pro-worker, Lee, 24, is better known as Alexis Lee in the squared circle. Overcoming parental objections has been something he has had to deal with since he started fighting in 2013.
"My parents still object to this. Unfortunately, they did not want me to do it. But now they have found new respect for Androev, Trexus and I," said Lee, who has just completed her international business management major.
Tang, who has fought in 11 countries so far, is optimistic about his chances of making the cut. "I did my best. I think I have a pretty good chance."
The complexion is more modest. "I don't want to keep my hopes too high. I'd rather not think about it," he said.
Well, luck favors the brave.