Meet Oba Femi, the Nigerian-born athlete that is the next big name in WWE

Oba Femi is officially signed to the WWE, and is seen as the next big name in the sport.

Oba Femi in his debut match against Dante Chen

Several college athletes tend to dive into other professions after graduation, which is the same for Oba Femi, a professional wrestler and entertainer at the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Corporation.

Born in Nigeria as Isaac Odugbesan, he was a budding athlete that won several medals in the Shot Put event at the high school level.

His talent and prowess at throwing the implement earned him a student-athlete scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University, where he won the Conference USA title.

In the 2019/2020 academic year, Odugbesan transferred to the University of Alabama, making his mark known again by winning back-to-back Shot Put titles at the 2021 and 2022 South Eastern Conference (SEC) Indoor Championships, and additionally won the 2022 outdoor title before graduating .

Oba joined WWE in 2021, recruited as a member of the inaugural class of the WWE Next In Line program. In August 2022, he got employed as a member of NXT’s security team.

The colossal athlete officially made his WWE TV in-ring debut at the NXT Level Up against Dante Chen, in which he lost the fight.

Though his official first fight against Chen didn’t end up on a winning note, he showed flashes of brilliance with his skills and strength, affirming he is a big prospect to watch out for in the future.

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