Report: WWE signs 7 foot wrestler
Mar 24, 2011 - by staff
A professional wrestler from Northern Ireland could be about to become a household name after signing a developmental deal with wrestling industry giants World Wrestling Entertainment.
Brian Norton, 26 and from Ahoghill outside Ballymena, has moved to Tampa, Florida to work for WWE Developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling after signing a five-year deal.
The 7-foot tall former traffic warden, who is better known on the UK and Ireland wrestling scene as “Tron”, will be known in FCW as “The Northern Irish Nightmare Jason Mullen”.
The WWE developmental programme has spawned such stars as former WWE Champions John Cena, Randy Orton, Jack Swagger and Sheamus.
WWE officials will monitor his progress during the course of his contract and, if all goes well, the former Ballymena Academy pupil could move up the ranks and onto the organisation’s flagship programmes, WWE Raw and WWE Smackdown.
Norton began his wrestling career in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and has wrestled across the UK and Ireland, as well as in Germany and Austria.
He was also one of the founders of Pro Wrestling Ulster, a Belfast-based wrestling promotion which also trains young people with an interest in getting into the wrestling industry.
“It’s what he has always wanted to do,” Norton’s father Malachy told UTV.
“He has got the opportunity, he has shown a lot of grit to get himself there so we hope it works out for him”.