Satnam Singh Bamara, who created history when he was selected in the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks in 2015, will begin training to become a professional wrestler at the Atlanta-based Nightmare Factory, to compete in All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Basketball player Satnam Singh Bhamara, who became the first Indian to be drafted into an NBA team before being banned for doping, has decided to try his hand at wrestling by sealing a deal with a professional league in the USA.
"While we've recently secured some of the hottest free agents on the planet, I'm also deeply committed to cultivating our own homegrown stars and the next generation of extraordinary professional wrestlers," Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW, said in a media release.
"In addition to Satnam's commanding 7'3" stature, I was impressed with his high level of athleticism and charisma. He's an exciting addition to our roster, and I'm looking forward to our fans getting to know Satnam's personality and watching his development."
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This isn't the first time that Singh has considered the squared circle. In 2017, he had visited and trained at the WWE Performance Centre but eventually decided against joining the company.
New beginnings Thank you @AEW for this amazing opportunity!!! And big thank you to my brother @sunnygillcali for making this happen and always supporting me!! #ALLELITE @TonyKhan @CodyRhodes @realmmarshall1 @AEWonTNT #oneinabillion #aew #aewontnt #AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/VLMokSh6K8— Satnam Singh Bhamara (@hellosatnam) September 24, 2021
Singh, 25, is currently serving a two-year suspension from the National Anti-Doping Agency's (NADA) disciplinary panel for failing a dope test in 2019. His suspension is due to end on 19 November.
Singh follows in the footsteps of NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, who squared off alongside Jade Cargill in a mixed tag team match against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet on "AEW: Dynamite" in March.
Satnam Singh will begin training at the world-class, Atlanta-based Nightmare Factory, run by QT Marshall and Cody Rhodes.
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