VI­DOT IS READY TO LEARN THE ROPES

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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

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