The world of professional wrestling welcomed a pair of new stars as Haley and Hanna Cavinder, former basketball standouts and TikTok sensations, made their much-anticipated WWE television debut as part of the NXT celebration. The twins, who had recently signed NIL deals with WWE, chose to forgo their senior year with the Miami Hurricanes basketball team to pursue a career in pro wrestling. This article delves into their exciting debut and the journey that led them to this pivotal moment in their lives.
The Cavinder twins had a memorable entrance into the world of professional wrestling, as they appeared in the NXT ring during a special celebration. After Thea Hail emerged victorious in a battle royal, becoming the number one contender for Tiffany Stratton’s NXT women’s championship, Haley and Hanna Cavinder lifted her on their shoulders, showcasing their strength and enthusiasm for their new venture. The NXT play-by-play man, Vic Joseph, acknowledged their presence in the ring, highlighting the significance of their debut.
The Path to WWE
Haley and Hanna Cavinder made waves in the world of college basketball, playing for the Miami Hurricanes after transferring from Fresno State. Their talent and skill helped propel the team to the Elite Eight in the previous season, solidifying their reputation as exceptional athletes. However, the allure of the WWE proved irresistible to the twins, who decided to pursue a career in professional wrestling.
Signing with WWE
As Per Wrestle Zone, In December 2021, Haley and Hanna Cavinder signed NIL (Next In Line) deals with WWE, becoming part of the inaugural class of athletes to join the organization. Their decision to join WWE was driven by their love for the sport, the passionate fanbase, and the alignment of WWE’s fitness focus with their own brand.
The twins recognized the opportunity for growth and fulfillment that professional wrestling offered, and they eagerly embraced the challenge.
Teasing the Debut
Leading up to their television debut, Haley and Hanna Cavinder, along with WWE, generated anticipation through social media. The twins shared a pre-show photo of themselves in the WWE Performance Center ring in Orlando, with their last name, Cavinder, prominently displayed on the video board behind them.
They also posted a video showcasing their entrance, standing back-to-back, from the main stage. The excitement surrounding their debut spread through social media, with NXT’s official accounts teasing their arrival.
While the Cavinder twins’ journey to WWE was filled with excitement, they also encountered a minor controversy during their college basketball career. The NCAA levied its first NIL punishment against the University of Miami, their alma mater, for impermissible contact related to a dinner the twins had with a prominent Hurricanes booster.
Despite this setback, the twins remained focused on their future in professional wrestling and were determined to make the most of their opportunities.