How the WWE propelled Kuwaiti Nasser Alruwayeh to the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games

June 30, 2022 by
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Nasser Alruwayeh will debut at the CrossFit Games this year and credits two years wrestling in the WWE NXT for taking his performance to the next level.

The Kuwaiti was competing in the Battle of the East CrossFit competition in 2017 when he was spotted by a WWE scout. He was invited to Dubai for a trial and he was offered a job as a wrestler.

Alruwayeh and his wife Shadia moved to Florida for 2018 and 2019. Alruwayeh performed in the WWE NXT around the US and learned English. But the lessons went far beyond language.

“After two years, I said to my wife I think I need to give CrossFit 100%,” Alruwayeh, 29, said.

“What I saw in the WWE performance center was how professional athletes live, the lifestyle of a professional athlete was new to me. They sleep, wake up, train, eat and repeat again.”

“They work all day, from morning to night, they will find something to work on. I said to Shadia, I didn't do this in CrossFit, and I think if I take what I learned in the WWE experience and put it in CrossFit, I can be a better athlete.”

Shadia encouraged him to dream even bigger: “She convinced me I could make it. She said I'm a Games athlete, she said ‘you have everything the Games athletes have, you need to work for it’.”

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