|| NXT -- Rookies and Pros announced!
EDMUND "LIVEWIRE" McGUIRE:
Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 220 Age: 28 Resides: St. Louis, MO.
Edmund "Livewire" McGuire's passion for pro wrestling began at the early age of 5.
He was fascinated by the independent wrestling associations like the American Wrestling Association (AWA), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and USWA Memphis among others.
Honing his skills on the family farm in Sikeston, Missouri, McGuire took his talents to the big city where he was noticed by WWF scouts.
Putting his career as a mortician on hold, McGuire has been selected as one of six participants on the debut season of WWF Presents: NXT. Through the next four weeks, he will compete for the coveted WWF contract and a chance to become the next wrestling superstar.
Livewire's assigned Pro will be Owen Hart.
Finishers: Livewire Leg Drop and Goodnight from Rio
Height: 7-foot-1 Weight: 430 Age: 30 Resides: Detroit, MI.
Carnage is easily the largest Rookie to participate in the first season of NXT. At 430 pounds, only the monstrous Yokozuna outweighs him on the current WWF roster.
Not much is known about Carnage's backstory, other than he is a former bodyguard of Jade Money, a rapper in Detroit's underground music scene.
Power is Carnage's greatest asset, with an abundance of moves intended to crush his opponents into a pulp. Speed is his weakness, which could get him into trouble against the NXT's high flyers in Edmund "Livewire" McGuire and "The Haitian Sensation" Mamadou Babineaux.
Still, when it comes to sheer blunt force trauma, few can dish it out better than Carnage.
Carnage's assigned Pro will be Batista.
Finishers: Guillotine Bomb and Flatliner
"THE MAD RUSSIAN" IVAN MOLOTOV
Height: 6-foot-8 Weight: 330 Age: 25 Resides: Anchorage, AK.
A naturalized Russian citizen living abroad in the United States, Ivan Molotov represents a lot of the ideals of the former Soviet Union.
Once a diplomat within the Russian Embassy, Molotov left politics in disgust at his country's "Pro-American" tendencies.
Determined to see Communism re-emerge as a world power, Molotov left Russia for rough tundra of Alaska, training to become "an athlete the likes of which no one has ever seen or will ever see."
Discovered by WWF scouts following a bar fight that left Molotov with 26 stitches, "The Mad Russian" sees NXT as his biggest stage yet to send his message. While, he takes second fiddle to Carnage in terms of size and power, Molotov's fanatical devotion to his cause makes him extremely volatile.
Molotov's assigned Pro will be Vladimir Kozlov.
Finishers: Soviet Solution and Molotov Cocktail
"THE HAITIAN SENSATION" MAMADOU BABINEAUX
Height: 6-foot Weight: 235 Age: 22 Resides: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
The only international Rookie on the first season of NXT, Babineaux brings some Haitian flavor to the competition.
Growing up playing soccer on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Babineaux is renowned for his quick feet and his barefoot attack is not one to be underestimated.
Although not quite as agile as Livewire McGuire, Babineaux's athleticism and natural charm make him a solid contender for the WWF contract.
Not blessed with a tremendous amount of size, Babineaux could still make an impact in the WWF as a light heavyweight, the same weight class as his Pro.
Many scouts within the company of pegged him as a natural rival of McGuire, whose wrestling style resembles Babineaux's.
Babineaux's assigned Pro will be Bones.
Finishers: Bakuhatsu and Snapshot
Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 270 Age: 30 Resides: Silsbee, TX.
Like his Pro, Tex Ritter hopes to become another of a long line of successful native Texans in the WWF.
Ritter grew up wrestling and playing football in high school, but dropped out of college to help support his family's cattle business.
Size-wise, he fits the ideal profile of a WWF wrestler and his cowboy roots make him an interesting prospect as a Rookie. In a Season 1 class that already features its share of big men, Ritter will have to make himself stand out from the crowd.
With the right size, and potentially the right gimmick, a chance at WWF stardom all comes down to Ritter's performance in the ring. With the WWF fans watching and voting, never has one man's destiny been in so many hands.
Ritter's assigned Pro will be Shawn Michaels.
Finishers: Cattle Prod and Black Tiger Bomb
"MR. SEXY" STEVE STALLION
Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 195 Age: 29 Resides: Las Vegas, NV.
Want a little flash and flair? Then you'll love Steve Stallion.
Stallion is Las Vegas through-and-through. From the bright lights to the desert sunset, Mr. Sexy is the self-described "Tour guide to fame and fortune."
But Stallion will need more than fame and fortune to win this competition. At 195 pounds, he's the smallest Rookie and the lone Cruiserweight in Season 1. That instantly puts him at a disadvantage in physical brawls against his bigger castmates.
That won't stop Stallion though, as the 29-year-old former show promoter is determined to give the competition the best entertainment it's ever seen.
Stallion's assigned Pro will be Crush.
Finishers: Cliffhanger and Money Maker