Yes, it looks like WWE has signed its latest Diva. And one thing is for sure: She is one tough chick.
As women's wrestling site Diva Dirt notes, Swedish arm wrestling star Sarah Backman has signed a developmental deal with the company, something the woman herself confirmed over at her official Twitter account, as she responded to a series of congratulatory messages from fans.
Backman also provided fans with an update regarding when she would be reporting to WWE's developmental system in Florida:
Sarah Rotunda @sarahbackman
When my visa is ready, summer“@NXTLover: @sarahbackman when are you going to florida to start your new awesome job at WWE big congrat.”2013-3-9 06:33:11
Backman's signing is intriguing for a few reasons.
While Backman seemingly has no pro wrestling experience, her resume and athletic pedigree is nonetheless impressive. As Diva Dirt mentions, the 21-year-old star is an eight-time European champion and 11-time Swedish champion in the field of arm wrestling.
Her stint on the Swedish version of Gladiators is also on her resume.
It's easy to see Backman fitting in well in WWE as a dominant monster heel in the Kharma/Beth Phoenix mold.
She's a good-looking girl, sure, but pictures of her get across her strong physical charisma and intensity.
Come on, who would mess with someone with arms like that? In many ways, she and WWE are a perfect match.
Her deal also calls to mind the recent WWE signing of Hollywood stuntman and kickboxer Kendra Smith. Both are photogenic, athletically skilled young women who should, theoretically, be able to pick up the business a lot more quickly than your average model from an agency.
While we shouldn't dismiss WWE's turning-models-into-wrestlers strategy altogether (Eve Torres and Layla El, in particular, blossomed into great in-ring competitors), the company surely has a stronger chance of success if it seeks out women with established backgrounds in pro wrestling or athletics.