NBA star Dwight Howard was at WWE's latest set of tryouts in Nashville, Tennessee this week.
Broadcaster Arash Markazi revealed on Thursday night that the former Los Angeles Laker was at the session, which was led by Paul 'Triple H' Levesque, Paul Heyman, and Big E ahead of SummerSlam 2022.
Howard, who has been a free agent since leaving the Lakers this summer, told Markazi that he has ambitions of working for WWE in the future:-
Dwight Howard was a surprise participant at the WWE Tryout in Nashville today. He told me he legit wants to join the WWE one day. pic.twitter.com/LiUnNqPsdv— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 28, 2022
The 36-year-old was videoed speaking with Levesque, who was appointed WWE's new head of creative on Monday, having returned to his old talent relations role the previous week:-
Dwight Howard just met Paul "Triple H" Levesque, who is in charge of WWE creative and EVP of Talent Relations. pic.twitter.com/r9csgmW2zl— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 28, 2022
All in all, Howard was at the tryouts for around five minutes. He intends on being ringside for tomorrow's SummerSlam premium live event, having spent parts of his tryout asking coaches about taking bumps and hitting moves:-
Dwight Howard spent about five hours at the WWE Tryout in Nashville today. He told me he’s going to be ringside at SummerSlam on Saturday. He said he’s serious about joining the WWE. He was asking coaches and attendees how to properly take a bump in the ring and do other moves. pic.twitter.com/ZLOzzvvb1P— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 28, 2022
Howard rose to prominence as a Center for the Orlando Magic, having entered the NBA as the first overall pick in 2004. He was an NBA All-Star every year between 2007 and 2014, though his career started tapering off after an infamous 2012 trade involving the Orlando, Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Denver Nuggets.