AEW has signed former NBA player Satnam Singh.
AEW announced today that the very first NBA player to be drafted from India has signed with the company and will begin training at The Nightmare Factory in Atlanta, run by Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall.
AEW explained how Singh will bring his natural athleticism, charisma and intimidating stature to the company. AEW President, CEO, CEO and Chief Creative Officer Tony Khan touted the signing and said he is deeply committed to cultivating local stars in AEW.
âWhile we’ve recently secured some of the most prominent free agents on the planet, I’m also deeply committed to cultivating our own local stars and the next generation of amazing professional wrestlers,â said Khan. âIn addition to the imposing stature of Satnam 7’3â, I was impressed by his high level of athleticism and charisma. It’s an exciting addition to our roster, and I can’t wait for our fans to experience Satnam’s personality and watch his development.
The 7’3 â³ Singh was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks from the NBA in 2015 as the 52nd overall pick, also becoming the first Sikh player to be drafted into the league. He first played ball at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., And was the first player since the 2005 draft to enter the league without playing in college, professionally overseas or in the NBA Developmental League. After being drafted by the Mavericks, he was sent to the 2015 NBA Summer League to play for the Texas Legends, the G-League affiliate of the Mavericks. He appeared in 9 games, with 2 starts, for the Legends during their 2015-16 season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game. Singh was bought out by the Legends for their 2016-17 season, then returned to the Mavericks for the 2017 NBA Summer League. He signed with the UBA Pro basketball league in India in late 2017 and attended the camp. UBA US Pro performance in January 2018. Singh then played for the St. John’s Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada in September 2018. In July 2019 his NBA draft rights were traded with two second-round picks to the Memphis Grizzlies in a sign and trade for Delon Wright. Singh hasn’t played since 2019.
Singh was also featured in a one-hour Netflix documentary in January 2017, titled âOne In a Billionâ. The doc covered Singh’s life and journey to the NBA.
Stay tuned for more on Singh in AEW. Below is AEW’s full announcement released to us today:
First-ever NBA-drafted Indian player signs with AEW
– Former Dallas Mavericks Center Satnam Singh begins training at The Nightmare Factory –
September 23, 2021 – All Elite Wrestling (AEW) today announced the signing of Satnam Singh, an international phenomenon known as the very first Indian player to be drafted by the National Basketball Association. The 7’3 “Singh was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 2015, and now brings his natural athleticism, charisma and intimidating stature to AEW.
Singh is following in the footsteps of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, who faced Jade Cargill in a mixed tag team match against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet on âAEW: Dynamiteâ in March. Singh will begin training at the world-class Atlanta-based Nightmare Factory, run by QT Marshall and Cody Rhodes.
âWhile we’ve recently secured some of the most popular free agents on the planet, I’m also deeply committed to cultivating our own local stars and the next generation of amazing professional wrestlers,â said Tony Khan, CEO, Managing Director and Head of creation. of AEW. âIn addition to the imposing stature of Satnam 7’3â, I was impressed by his high level of athleticism and charisma. It’s an exciting addition to our roster, and I can’t wait for our fans to experience Satnam’s personality and watch his development.
In early August, AEW began airing weekly episodes of âAEW: Dynamiteâ and âAEW: Rampageâ on Eurosport India, joining over 120 countries that watch AEW worldwide on broadcast partners and through AEWPlus. Singh’s signing also comes at a pivotal time for AEW, fresh off the hit ALL OUT pay-per-view, his meteoric debut in the New York market, and praised signings of CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole. and Ruby Soho.
With two nights of DTT programming and substantial digital content available each week, AEW continues to solidify its position as the fastest growing and hottest professional wrestling promotion. This week, AEW is offering four hours of TNT programming from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, starting with âAEW Dynamite: Grand Slamâ on Wednesday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET, and a special two. One-hour preview of âAEW: Rampageâ on Friday, September 24 at 10 p.m. ET.