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Shadia Bseiso: the first female Arab wrestler to debut in WWE

Here's how TV presenter and fitness enthusiast Shadia Bseiso became the first female Arab wrestler to debut in WWE.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has taken on its first female Arab wrestler, Jordanian superstar-in-the-making, Shadia Bseiso.

It all started when Bseiso attended the WWE’s invitation-only talent tryout in Dubai, beating competition from 40 men and women across the Middle East and India. All of the contestants have a background in sports and athletics.

“It is an honour to be the first-ever woman from the Middle East to sign with WWE,” Bseiso said. “Working with WWE is an incredible opportunity.”

Jordanian native Bseiso has a background in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and CrossFit, which she believes will help her in the highly competitive world of WWE.

Before being discovered, Bseiso was working as a voice-over artist and TV presenter in Dubai. Now she hopes to build her career in wrestling entertainment, a first for an Arab woman.

“I have personally witnessed the power of WWE and the passion of WWE fans. I look forward to starting on my path to becoming a WWE Superstar.”

Her formal training will begin in January at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. WWE’s famed training ground helps up-and-coming wrestlers build their strength and keep them in peak physical health, while training their mental abilities as professional entertainers and fighters.

According to WWE’s executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, the entertainment federation is expanding its talent base to reach a global audience.  said: “Recruiting Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base.

“Recruiting Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base,” he says. “We’re confident Shadia will help inspire future WWE Superstars, as we continue to recruit the most talented athletes and entertainers from around the world.”

The talent search has Bseiso in good stead. Others discovered in this round of WWE’s tryouts include athletes from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Check out Bseibo’s Instagram account for inspiration as she trains in the big leagues.

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