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WWE Announces Its Third “Next In Line” NIL Class

With its recently announced 15-member class, the “Next In Line” NIL program has signed a total of 46 athletes since its launch in December 2021.

Arkansas Razorbacks defensive lineman Landon Jackson (40), one of the members of the third 'Next In Line' class. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire)

Last Updated on March 12, 2023

The WWE announced the third class of its name, image, and likeness program, “Next In Line.”

This new roster of college athletes includes NCAA Champion hurdler Alia Armstrong from Louisiana State University, NCAA All-American wrestler Greg Kerkvliet from Penn State University and University of Georgia Softball player Jaiden Fields, the younger sister of Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields.

NameCollegeSportHeight/WeightHometown
Abby JacobsSouth AlabamaSoccer5’7Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Alexandra JaksecMary WashingtonTennis5’4Pittsburgh, Pa.
Alia ArmstrongLSUTrack & Field5’4Baton Rouge, La.
Cameron JonesCincinnatiFootball6’8, 320 lbs.Hindman, Ky.
Dee BeckwithKentuckyFootball6’5, 235 lbs.Florence, Ala.
Greg KerkvlietPenn StateWrestling6’3, 250 lbs.Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Isaiah ItonRutgersFootball6’2, 290 lbs.Houston, Texas
Jaiden FieldsGeorgiaSoftball5’9Kennesaw, Ga.
Landon JacksonArkansasFootball6’7, 275 lbs.Texarkana, Texas
Mady AulbachYoungstown StateBasketball5’3Slippery Rock, Pa.
Nick DawkinsPenn StateFootball6’4, 315 lbs.Allentown, Pa.
Otoniel BadjanaPittsburghTrack & Field5’11, 245 lbs.Lisbon, Portugal
Peyton PrussinLife UniversityWrestling5’4Las Vegas, Nev.
Tori OrtizOklahoma StateTrack & Field5’9Batavia, Ill.
Turner WashingtonArizona StateTrack & Field6’5, 290 lbs.Tuscon, Ariz.

The third “Next In Line” class is unique because it includes women athletes from softball, soccer, tennis and women’s wrestling. So far, the “Next In Line” NIL program has signed 46 athletes since it was launched in December 2021. Its first signee was former University of Minnesota wrestler and Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Stevenson. 

“Next In Line” is an opportunity to identify and develop future WWE Superstars and adds depth to the WWE’s talent pipeline by partnering with college athletes from various sports and backgrounds. College athletes who are a part of this NIL program will have the opportunity to receive media training and resources to help build their brand.

As a bonus, the “Next In Line” college athletes will have access to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., and potentially earn a WWE contract. Anything is possible, as the athletes that are part of this program have a combined 10 million followers on TikTok and over 2 million followers on Instagram.

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  • Darian Kelly

    Darian is an Interdisciplinary Studies Master's student at the University of North Texas. Darian is the host of The Jersey Podcast. He is highly passionate about sports content, technology, and innovation.

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