WWE NXT Announces Newest “Next In Line” NIL Class

The June 11 episode of WWE NXT was a moment of pride for the wrestling promotion company and collegiate athletes. It introduced the audience to the WWE’s 2024 NIL class, a group of young athletes set to make a significant impact on and off the field. During the televised broadcast, a production camera zoomed in on a group of spectators to spotlight WWE’s ‘Next In Line’ roster.

The members of the new class include: 

Jaiden Fields (Georgia, Softball)
Sirena Linton (Arkansas, Gymnastics)
Carlos Aviles (Ohio State University, Track & Field)
Jeremy Cody (Miami, Florida, Track & Field)
Darci Khan (Howard, Track & Field)
Abby Jacobs (South Alabama, Soccer)

WWE’s “Next In Line” initiative serves to prepare the next generation of WWE talent coming from collegiate athletic ranks. The inaugural NIL class was launched in 2021, and since then, WWE has been influential in providing the necessary brand exposure and resources for collegiate athletes. Further, the WWE brand has extended beyond identifying and developing talent through NIL and partnerships with collegiate conferences. Last year, the WWE partnered with the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship game. The partnership featured events with WWE superstars leading up to the game, culminating in University of Texas quarterback and the game’s MVP, Quinn Ewers, receiving a WWE championship belt themed after the Big 12 Championship.

Looking ahead, the future is bright for college athletes. WWE’s latest streaming agreement with Netflix, a ten-year deal valued at $5 billion, is a game-changer. This partnership could open new avenues for WWE to expand its brand and offer college athletes unique marketing and advertising opportunities. WWE content on a major streaming platform like Netflix is a beacon of hope, attracting more college athletes interested in leveraging the entertainment world to enhance their visibility and broaden their brands.

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  • Darian Kelly

    Darian is a Sports Industry Management graduate of Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. Darian hosts The Jersey Podcast and is a sports documentary fanatic who loves to talk professional and college football and basketball.

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