On April 13, 2015, WWE announced an international class of recruits, including talent from the independent wrestling circuit, bodybuilders and former collegiate athletes, from seven countries that began training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Three men from that class made their respective wrestling debuts at Saturday’s NXT live event in Fort Pierce, Florida, in a 20-Man Battle Royal. Those individuals are Peter Howard, Thomas Kingdon and Kenneth Crawford.
Howard, who hails from Exeter, England, played collegiate Rugby in the United Kingdom and was a regional discus champion before joining the sports-entertainment organization.
— Pete Howard (@PeteHowardWWE) September 27, 2015
Kingdon, who hails from Traverse City, Michigan, competed in amateur bodybuilding and played football in high school. In 2013, he won the super-heavyweight class at the National Physique Committee (NPC) Central States Competition.
Crawford served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and was named Anson High School Athlete of the Year in 2007. He donned black trunks and a white shirt, which Solomon Crowe kept pulling over his head so he could strike him.