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14:56  10 june  2018
14:56  10 june  2018 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

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According to Newshub, WWE has officially signed former NRL star Daniel Vidot to a Performance Center deal. The eight-year rugby league veteran, who initially had a tryout with WWE back in 2016, will fly to Orlando, FL in a few weeks after agreeing to a multi-year deal with WWE .

a man in a baseball uniform© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd He lost his ‘mojo’ in the NRL, but now Daniel Vidot is on the path to becoming one of the biggest superstars across the globe.

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Now, an entirely new platform has opened for athletes across the globe which has also captured the attention of rugby players.

WWE has added an application process to its online website, and legendary wrestler Triple H has acknowledged they have their eyes on our local stars.

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“Sports like rugby are really interesting pools for us,” Triple H said.

“There are elite athletes at every level…and they’re the best athletes in the world. So, there’s guys like Daniel Vidot.”

Born in Australia but of Samoan heritage, Daniel Vidot will hopefully follow in the footsteps of established Samoan WWE superstars like the Rock and The Usos.

Speaking exclusively to Wide World of Sports, Vidot paid his respects to the Samoan athletes who have walked the path before him.

Having played over 100 first grade games in the NRL, Vidot is set for a new career after admitting he lost his passion for rugby league before signing a contract with the WWE.

“I idolised the Rock and what he’s done, and also the Usos,” Vidot said.

“I lost my mojo in rugby league… I still love rugby but I would now would rather watch on the sidelines.

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After two tryouts and plenty of bumps, it's being reported former NRL player Daniel Vidot has officially signed a two-year contract with the WWE . The 28-year-old former Raider, Dragon, Bronco and Titans winger initially trialed with the world 's biggest Wrestling organisation in 2016 but wanted to

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“I felt rugby started to become more of a job, and not something I had a passion and drive for.”

In 2015, an unexpected tryout for the WWE came up. Vidot, who was playing for the Brisbane Broncos, jetted straight to Orlando and never looked back.

“I was very confident, ever since 2015 it was always in my mind,’ Vidot said.

“Giving up the boots, I had no choice, I had to make it.”

“I was very in to wrestling in my younger days, I was always watching it with my brothers growing up.”

“I wanted to get into acting in high school… Performing in front of cameras and adding special abilities like athletic abilities, which is why wrestling is the most ideal profession I could look for.”

Vidot also made it very clear that he’s going all the way, and has his eyes set on WWE’s biggest prize.

“My goal is to one day be WWE champ, it would be a dream come true,” Vidot said.

With the WWE closely watching rugby players, Vidot wants to be a trailblazer who can inspire the youth and current athletes playing in the NRL today.

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“I definitely would love to be an example for the youth of Australia and also the young Samoans who reside in Australia,” Vidot said.

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“I want to be an example for some rugby players who have some interest… I want to start a journey that very minimal people have travelled.

“I’ve had a couple of my boys from the Samoan team hit me up, asking me If they can have a crack sometime.”

Vidot also had some sagely advice for any players wishing to follow in his footsteps and applying for a WWE tryout online.

“Be confident, if you come in to a trial, the biggest thing they look for is if you’re approachable,” Vidot said.

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