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Long Islander getting WWE 'Tough Enough' tryout

Adam Ohriner, who wrestles as

Adam Ohriner, who wrestles as "Big O," hopes to earn a contract and become a WWE Superstar by earning a spot on the WWE program "Tough Enough." Photo Credit: Handout

The "Big O" is getting a big "o" -- as in opportunity -- to become a WWE Superstar.

Adam Ohriner, a 2004 Mepham High School graduate, was announced Monday night as one of 40 finalists for the WWE reality series "Tough Enough," in which prospective grapplers compete for a WWE contract. Ohriner's name appeared on the list of finalists on the official "Tough Enough" website, and his picture later appeared when announcing the finalists on "Monday Night Raw."

More than 11,000 applicants submitted videos for the show, which will debut on June 23 on USA Network.

Ohriner will now travel to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., where he and the other finalists will compete Wednesday through Friday for the 13 spots on the program.

Competing for a wrestling contract is nothing new for Ohriner, who in 2013 was part of a TNA Gutcheck Challenge fan vote in an attempt to earn a contract with WWE's rival.

He made his national television debut on "Impact Wrestling" -- then airing on Spike TV -- in June 2013 before returning to the independent ranks.

Ohriner trained for pro wrestling at Deer Park's New York Wrestling Connection -- the same school that produced WWE Superstar Zack Ryder and former Superstar Curt Hawkins.

Ohriner, a friend of Ryder, earned acclaim on social media as part of Ryder's "Z! True Long Island Story" YouTube program in 2011 before starting to train for a career in the squared circle.


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