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Former TNA Names At NXT, Big WWE Signing, Scholarships Awarded

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- Three notable former TNA Wrestling stars have been spotted around the site of tonight’s set of WWE NXT tapings from the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Those names include Austin Aries, Gunner and James Storm. Of the three, Storm has already made debut for NXT.

- WWE officially announced the signing of Manuel Alfonso Andrade Oropeza, who is known internationally as The Shadow (or La Sombra). He’s reported to the WWE Performance Center to train and develop as part of NXT. Coverage by dot com is available at this link.

- WWE announced on Thursday they’ve awarded four $10,000 scholarships. The official press release is included below:


Winter Park, Fla. and Stamford, Conn., November 19, 2015 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) is pleased to announce it has awarded four $10,000 scholarships to the following Full Sail University students:

* Joanne Castillo, a Recording Arts student from San Jose, CA.

* Travis Daniels, a Film student from Buford, GA.

* Brandon Mojica, a Sports Marketing & Media student from Bronx, NY.

* Kas Soloman, a Recording Arts student from Gahanna, OH.

WWE has now awarded 18 scholarships to Full Sail University students, for a total of $180,000 since WWE's partnership with Full Sail began in May, 2012. These scholarships are applied toward the recipient's areas of study within the university.

"WWE and Full Sail University have established a partnership built on our mutual desire to nurture and build the next generation of entertainment and media professionals," said Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Creative & Live Events. "We wish all of today's scholarship recipients continued success."

"We are once again proud to stand alongside our valued partners and friends at WWE as we share this incredible announcement of the latest four scholarships awarded to our students," said Garry Jones, President of Full Sail University. "On behalf of the Full Sail University community, I extend our tremendous thanks to WWE for continuing to recognize the dedication of our students, while congratulating the recent scholarship recipients."

WWE selected Castillo, Daniels, Mojica, and Soloman to receive these scholarships for exhibiting exceptional professionalism, creative talent and maintaining good academic standing, while shadowing professional WWE staff and crew during the production of NXT® events at Full Sail University.

- Scott Brooks will be at tonight’s WWE NXT tapings and will provide complete coverage here at

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