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WWE Signs Joe Anoa'i To Developmental Contract

Jason TaylorCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2017

The Wrestling Observer is reporting that World Wrestling Entertainment has signed Joe Anoa'i to a developmental contract. Anoa'i is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Sika, and the younger brother of former WWE Tag Team Champion Rosey.

Joe stands at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, and was a standout football player at Georgia Tech, where he was voted first team all-ACC defensive tackle during his senior season in 2006.

After going undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, Anoa'i signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in May 2007.

Unfortunately, his stint with the Vikings only lasted a few weeks, as he was cut at the end of May.

Joe was able to sign on as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in August 2007 , but was cut a few days later. Anoa'i continued to pursue a career in football by going to the CFL, and signing with the Edmonton Eskimos as a practice squad player in June 2008.

It was expected that the 25-year-old Anoa'i would pursue a pro wrestling career if football didn't work out.

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