Yesterday saw WWE announce the biggest intake of new recruits in Performance Center history, as 18 men and women from a diverse range of backgrounds started work with the market-leading promotion.
Though the class features a handful of familiar names, including several who have already featured on company television, that the average age trends younger than usual perhaps indicates a change of approach from a promotion whose old "developmental" brand is stuffed to the gills with 37-year-olds.
Yes, some of these names break that mark, but for the most part, WWE hasn't just scooped up 18 wrestlers who already have over a decade of experience to their name. This is partly because there aren't many wrestlers like that left, admittedly, but analysing this group points towards a new approach. With NXT: EVOLVE seemingly on the horizon, perhaps WWE is finally giving youth a chance again.
Amongst this class are former collegiate wrestlers, football players, indie wrestlers, and seasoned TV performers. Some stand a good chance of making it onto television before long, while others will require more seasoning at the PC.
Let's run through the newcomers...