Robert Morris volleyball participant Emily Devlin turns into 2nd native athlete to get prolonged look from WWE

One other native school athlete is getting a shot to make it massive in professional wrestling.

Robert Morris volleyball player and Seneca Valley Excessive College graduate Emily Devlin is heading to Orlando in June for a 60-day prolonged tryout on the WWE efficiency coaching heart. Devlin is ready to graduate from RMU in Might.

“The door is open. I’m graduating. I’ve a few concepts of what I’ll need to do however nothing is ready in stone but,” Devlin stated throughout Tuesday’s “Breakfast with Benz” podcast. “So one of many primary issues I saved saying was (WWE) caught me on the good time.”

Devlin is the second athlete from the Pittsburgh area to have been deemed worthy of a more in-depth look by WWE. Two weeks in the past, the wrestling firm staged a tryout of 52 individuals in Texas. It was there that Duquesne soccer participant Roman Macek earned a three-year contract provide from the platform. In each circumstances, the athletes had been contacted by WWE by means of direct messages from the corporate’s recruitment web page via their Instagram accounts. Macek, a lifelong wrestling fan, adopted the web page and had marked just a few posts. However Devlin stated her contact from the group got here out of nowhere.

“I had no clue,” Devlin stated. “They discovered me. … I regarded at my Instagram direct messages someday and ‘WWE Recruit’ popped up and stated I could possibly be a possible candidate. It took me unexpectedly at first. And I stated, ‘Wait a minute?’ However I’m so grateful that they discovered me.”

Whereas Macek was informed he’d be receiving a contract provide, Devlin will likely be making an attempt to earn one as she learns some expertise each within the ring and out of it.

“Basically, they only need to see us within the ring extra. Present some extra persona. Work with the coaching group. The power and conditioning, and work with the nutritionist to get extra hands-on and develop extra,” Devlin stated.

Devlin stated Charlotte Aptitude — one other former school volleyball participant throughout her time at Appalachian State — is somebody who she might emulate within the ring primarily based on some comparable types and bodily traits. Devlin appears assured in her skill to deal with the in-ring calls for primarily based on her volleyball background and athletic items.

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Robert Morris College volleyball participant Emily Devlin

 

“So many fast issues occur (in volleyball). Going as much as hit a ball, and out of the blue get round a block, and discover open house on the court docket. Numerous fast pondering and with the ability to put your physique in sure instructions. And I believe that’ll assist transition me into wrestling … simply with the ability to hit the ground with out serious about it. As a result of (in volleyball) we do this on a regular basis,” Devlin stated.

The on-camera efficiency is the place Devlin concedes that she’ll want extra polish.

“Stepping into there, public talking was not my forte,” Devlin admitted. “However popping out of it, I really feel extraordinarily assured in my skill to speak in entrance of a crowd, in entrance of my friends. Simply be capable of showcase my persona and categorical myself really. That’s one thing I haven’t been capable of do earlier than. Even this (quick) time alone has modified me in so some ways.”

One particular person Devlin is leaning on for some assist between now and when she stories to Florida is RMU communications and organizational management college member John Locke. He actually teaches a WWE class via the varsity of enterprise.

“Decelerate. I give that recommendation to each public talking class that I’ve taught,” Locke stated. “In case you are deliberate and considerate in what you’re saying on digital camera, it comes via. I’m positive she was going to be nervous. As a result of operating, leaping, lifting issues, cardio, that’s second nature. Being a personality in entrance of a digital camera could be very new to her. Decelerate. Be your self. Discover what components of your persona you may crank the amount on to attraction to individuals watching.”

Despite the fact that Devlin stated her mom was a bit leery of the concept at first, she stated her dad and mom are behind the enterprise, and he or she’s additionally acquired the endorsement of Colonials volleyball coach Danny Doherty.

He stated that Devlin could be very coachable, particularly in terms of new ideas. Doherty stated that her eagerness to devour info from her trainers in Florida will spotlight her bodily skills which can be made for the ring.

“This child will get up, skies, hovers, reads a few newspapers, after which comes down,” Doherty stated of Devlin’s vertical leap. “The power to play above the ring is at all times one thing that attracts the ‘oohs and ahhs’ of the gang. And she or he goes to play above the ring rather well. She goes to be a kind of highflier acrobat sorts.”

Now Devlin — who plans to carry out beneath the identify “Devy Lynn” — stated she has gone from having nothing however a rudimentary data of professional wrestling to out of the blue making a profession of it into a private quest. And she or he claims to be pushed by motivation from her teammates.

“They adore it. They need me to chase it. Go pursue it. Get this contract. After which I simply preserve listening to from all people ‘All we need to do is see you on “Monday Evening Uncooked” someday,’” Devlin laughed. “So we’re going to preserve urgent towards that objective.”


In Tuesday’s “Breakfast With Benz” podcast, Robert Morris volleyball participant Emily Devlin joins Tim Benz to speak about how she was found by WWE, and her quest to turn into a member of the wrestling firm.

Pay attention: Tim Benz talks with Emily Devlin on her potential WWE future

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