Former KSU football star Rechsteiner signs WWE contract
February 25 - After trying his hand at an NFL career, Bronson Rechsteiner takes over the family business.
The former Kennesaw State Football star signed a development contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and will follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle, the famous Steiner Brothers tag team.
Rechsteiner, 23, a native of Woodstock and a graduate of Etowah High School, reported to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The facility serves as a training ground for aspiring wrestlers and as a place for seasoned wrestlers to improve their craft.
"It is official!!" Rechsteiner tweeted on Wednesday.
At the start of his training at WWE, the 6-foot Rechsteiner, weighing 230 pounds, will try to gradually improve the ranks. Most of the wrestlers in the Performance Center end up performing with WWE's NXT brand before eventually reaching the main list and appearing on one of the company's main shows, Raw or SmackDown.
Successful alumni of the Performance Center include Sprayberry High School product Austin Watson, known in the ring as Xavier Woods.
Rechsteiner is the youngest of three sons of Robert Rechsteiner, known professionally as Rick Steiner, and a nephew of Scott Rechsteiner, also known by the surname Steiner. The Steiner Brothers won numerous tag team and individual championships for a variety of organizations - in particular the then World Wrestling Federation and the Atlanta-based World Championship Wrestling.
After his retirement, Rick Steiner stepped into real estate sales and is a longtime member of the Cherokee County Board of Education, while Scott Steiner still wrestles occasionally and has two sons, Brock and Brandon, who are two stellar athletes at Etowah.
A pre-eminent football player and wrestler for the Etowah state championship, Bronson Rechsteiner focused on football in the state of Kennesaw.
After playing mainly special teams and defense as a newcomer in 2016, he switched to the offensive before the 2017 season and flourished as a running back with the Owls. As a senior in 2019, he plunged to a team high of 909 yards and seven touchdowns, highlighted by a team record of 221 yards against Missouri State.
In spring 2020, Rechsteiner signed with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens as an unoccupied free agent full-back, but was released in August.
Rechsteiner had trained as a pro wrestler with his father and others during his soccer career and made his official debut in October at an independent wrestling show in Ringgold.
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