Gabi Butler, a star of a Netflix documentary about cheerleading, is due to make a shock move into WWE.
The Cheer star has announced her new contract with the wrestling giant after admitting she has been a fan since watching this summer’s SummerSlam in Nashville.
People revealed her new career move but she is understood to be aware of the fact that wrestling is a relatively new thing to her.
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"I was so involved in the cheerleading industry for so long, and I never really looked into anything other than cheerleading," she said.
The Netflix star said she had been “blown away” by SummerSlam, sparking her interest in the sport and starting her on the path to getting involved with it herself.
The gymnast said: "When I went to SummerSlam, it really just opened my eyes to the athleticism and the dedication the athletes bring into the ring."
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Butler said she was attracted to the competitive atmosphere of the sport, which had a similar yet fresh feel to what she was used to with cheerleading.
She added: "It was almost like I was watching a cheerleading competition, but wrestling edition”.
Gabi felt compelled to get involved in the sport because she felt that the skills she had already nourished were similar to those needed to do wrestling.
"It's very related to cheerleading because we're performers, we're entertainers, we like to put on a show and we also have to be athletic,” she said.
After spending time with Stephanie McMahon, WWE’s Co-CEO, at SummerSlam she said she felt inspired to get involved.
Speaking to the publication she said: “The way she carries herself is very impressive and the conversation we had was so nice”.
While she gets into the sport she will be training at the WWE's Performance Center in Orlando as she starts the road to eventually getting into the ring.
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