The Courier-Mail

VIDOT IS READY TO LEARN THE ROPES

- PETER BADEL

DANIEL Vidot is determined to be a bigger hit in America than NFL convert Jarryd Hayne after convincing profession­al wrestling bosses he has a future in the WWE.

Vidot yesterday quit the Broncos to sign a two-year deal with British club Salford, but the 113kg hulk eventually hopes to conquer the US by becoming a WWE star.

The former Broncos winger returned to Australia last week after being offered a trial by American talent scouts at the WWE high-performanc­e centre in Florida.

Vidot was given a crash course in wrestling moves and bosses were so impressed with his size and athleticis­m he has been offered a rookie contract to join the WWE ranks.

The 25-year-old will not formally sign until he completes his stint in Salford, but has the backing of wrestling chiefs to fulfil his league commitment­s before chasing his WWE dream.

“Jarryd Hayne has shown you can make it in America and that’s my goal,” said Vidot, who will head to Salford in the next fortnight with partner Madelyn Burke.

“It would be a dream come true to make it in the WWE, it would be a massive achievemen­t, but there is a lot of responsibi­lity and sacrifices I would have to make.

“It (an approach from the WWE) was something I didn’t expect. I got a call out of nowhere, but the trial over there went really well and they were really happy with me.

“My big journey has only just started.”

Vidot will be 27 when his Salford deal expires.

He said he will touch down in America at the perfect age to launch his WWE career.

The Samoan internatio­nal’s rookie deal will be worth around $100,000 a year, but there are millions to be made – John Cena and The Undertaker earn more than $2 million annually as the WWE’s big guns.

“The WWE guys said most wrestlers don’t start until their late 20s, so time is on my side,” he said.

“I told them I am not finished with football yet and they were very understand­ing with that.

‘‘I’ll do my time with Salford and eventually make my trip to the States to become a profession­al wrestler. “I learnt a few moves. ‘‘I did some rolls around the ring and got the feel of it.

‘‘The actual ring and ropes are harder than you think.

‘‘I got a sore back doing some drills and the blisters on my back from hitting the ropes were so bad I was bleeding for a couple of days.

“It’s a long process, but it’s nothing new to me being a profession­al NRL player.

‘‘It’s a huge challenge, but I like taking on challenges.”

 ??  ?? WRESTLING WITH HIS FUTURE: Daniel Vidot, here with his girlfriend Madelyn Burke, hopes to join the WWE. Picture: Annette Dew
WRESTLING WITH HIS FUTURE: Daniel Vidot, here with his girlfriend Madelyn Burke, hopes to join the WWE. Picture: Annette Dew

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