The 18-year-old has announced that she has signed a deal with wrestling company, WWE, to become a wrestler. WWE made the announcement on social media, sharing that she has indeed signed a deal with the company and will begin training at the WWE Performance centre in Orlando.
Following their announcement, Simone shared the news on her own page, saying she had always wanted to become a wrestler and expressing her excitement at finally having her dream come true.
She wrote: “To the little girl who fell in love with wrestling & said ‘this will be my life one day’, this is for you. I’m humbled, grateful & ready to work. Let’s do this.”
Simone told WWE: “It means the world to me. To know that my family has such a personal connection to wrestling is really special to me and I feel grateful to have the opportunity, not only to wrestle but to carry on that legacy.”
“Simone knows she has a lot to learn,” WWE head trainer Matt Bloom said. “She’s hungry to learn and picks the coaches’ minds, and the veteran Superstars’, as well. She’s not going to rest on her laurels. It’s been a short time, but she’s been crushing it.”
She did not just stumble into wrestling, however. Her great-grandfather was the family’s wrestling pioneer and his son, WWE Hall of Famer, Rocky ‘Soul Man’ Johnson followed in his father’s footsteps.
He achieved quite a lot in the sport and was one of the first two African American World Tag Team Champions in WWE history.
Rocky Johnson died in January aged 75. While he was alive though, he got to witness his son, Dwayne Johnson step into his shoes and become the first third-generation wrestler in the WWE.
The Rock, as he’s popularly known, was an eight-time world heavyweight champion and achieved lots of success with wrestling before transitioning to becoming a very successful actor.