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Oba Femi Highlights How His Faculty Profession Ready Him For WWE

In a brief interval, the 2023 NXT Males’s Breakout Event Winner Oba Femi has seen loads of success. He’s the present NXT North American Champion. It’s to be famous that earlier than signing with WWE, Femi was a Observe and area athlete in faculty.

Throughout an unique interview with Wrestlezone Managing Editor Invoice Pritchard, Oba Femi shared how his faculty profession helped his skilled wrestling profession.

Previous to becoming a member of WWE, Femi (Isaac Odugbesan) was a observe and area star on the College of Alabama. He received a shot put title on the SEC Indoor Observe and Area Championships in 2021 and 2022, and an out of doors title in 2022. He signed with WWE as a part of its NIL program.

These reps construct you

“Ooh! Reps. Reps. One factor about being a thrower is, you will have your circle, you will have your shot put your discus, no matter implements you will have,” Oba Femi defined. “Your javelin, no matter it’s. And also you do fixed repetitions of the identical factor. And it was boring. Monotonous. Generally, excruciatingly, painfully common. Particularly on a foul day. Think about you aren’t having day, and also you simply need to do the very same movement that you’re not efficiently executing. Again and again. However, these reps construct you.

“That’s the identical mentality I’ve relating to skilled wrestling. I’m a really massive drill man. I don’t all the time imagine in adjusting issues on the fly, although, that’s one other actually good ability in and of itself,” he famous. “I imagine if you happen to drill one thing into your mind onerous sufficient, it is going to stick. It’s going to change into second nature. If I wish to get good at something, the very first thing I do and the very first thing I consider is drills. And that’s the largest takeaway that observe and area gave me.”

Oba Femi on getting comfy within the ring

Pritchard additionally requested if getting reps within the ring within the type of reside occasion matches was a comparable scenario. He mentioned these reps are necessary, then highlighted one other factor being a school athlete taught him.

“Folks will understand the ring on the [WWE Performance Center] and the ring within the NXT area as two totally different locations. As a result of, again within the day, I had in fact, we had shot put grounds, we had our stomping grounds, our personal rings, after which we might journey to, I don’t know, Indiana. And we might go compete of their [facilities],” he defined.

“In some unspecified time in the future, it’s important to recover from the truth that that is Indiana, and it’s a distinct place, and it’s a distinct climate, and all that jazz,” Oba Femi added. “That’s the identical mentality right here. Some individuals excel very properly on the PC with no eyes on them. After which once they go to the reside occasions they usually go on NXT, they fumble, they drop the ball, they mess up or no matter. You simply need to keep in mind that the ring has 4 corners on the PC, the ring has 4 corners within the NXT area.”

Watch our full interview with Oba Femi beneath:

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John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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