Downed On The Farm: Top WWE Developmental Prospects That Never Made It…Part 66

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Brian Damage

The WWF/WWE has had some type of developmental system for years now. Whether it was the USWA, Ohio Valley, Power Pro, Heartland, Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling or NXT…many of the company’s top superstars got their start in at least one of them. While some developmental names like John Cena, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, The Miz, Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair all made big stars of themselves by first training in developmental, others never got to see the light of day. This series will focus on those wrestlers…the ones that at some point were a lock to get called up to the main roster and never quite made it. What once was hot, suddenly became a “not” as a WWE superstar.

CJ Dunning

Carolyn Dunning formerly served in the United States Air Force. She was also a nationally ranked bodybuilding competitor by the National Physique Committee. In April of 2016, she had a WWE tryout and was signed to a developmental deal.

She was assigned to NXT and began her training at WWE’s Performance Center in Florida. While small in stature (Dunning only stood 5 ft 2 inches tall ) she had beauty, speed and power. She was training under the name of CJ Dunning. In October of 2016, Dunning was released from her WWE developmental contract before she had an official match.

Since her release, Dunning has done some acting and modeling. She does a podcast called Under Ceej: Red, White and Beautiful. She also is heavily involved with organizations that deal with Child Trafficking Prevention. CJ Dunning currently resides in the Denver, Colorado area.

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