All You Need to Know About Satnam Singh – Former NBA Player Who Signed With AEW

Published 09/24/2021, 9:08 AM EDT


AEW earlier announced through a press release that they have hired the former Dallas Mavericks center, Satnam Singh, as a full-time talent in AEW. The 25-year-old athlete will begin his training to be a pro wrestler at the Nightmare Factory in Atlanta, Georgia, alongside Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall.

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With this new signing, AEW sets to cement their footing amongst their Indian fans. Now that they have a deal with Eurosports, which is the network provider of all the AEW content for Indians, AEW will expand their market.

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There has been a rich history of athletes from different sports, making it big in the pro-wrestling business. However, the majority of athletes come from NFL like The Rock, Bill Goldberg, and Roman Reigns.

DECEMBER 27: Bill Goldberg #71 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during the NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams on December 27, 1992. Bill Goldberg made a transition from the NFL to a wrestling star after an abdominal injury forced him to retire from football. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

However, it looks like AEW is willing to go all-in with the former NBA athlete. Here’s everything you need to know about the Indian-born Satnam Singh.

The history created by Satnam Singh

Born in 1995, Satnam Singh Bhamara became the first Indian and Sikh player to be drafted into the NBA when the Dallas Mavericks selected him with the 52nd overall pick of the 2015 NBA draft.

At 14 years old, Singh’s coach Harish Sharma recommended him for a scholarship for global sports marketing business IMGR but was denied because they considered him old.

The other thing that came in the way of Satnam was his English skills because he had none. However, Singh was later awarded a scholarship under the IMGR basketball training academy and he moved to Florida.

 

Although Singh’s moving to Florida was not much of a success. As even though he had his trial games with other athletes he could not play for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, aka NCAA, because of his poor English.

His fortune changed when Dallas Mavericks showed trust in him

Back in 2015, Satnam was short-listed for the 2015 NBA draft. And eventually, he was drafted by Dallas Mavericks to become the first player from India who got drafted into the NBA.

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By getting drafted, Singh also became one of the few players to enter without playing in college, or in the NBA Development League. Singh was also the focus of a Netflix documentary called “One in a Billion” which focused on his success.

By the end of 2015, the Texas Legends gained Satnam Singh, which is the G-League affiliate of the Mavericks. He was with the Legends till 2017, and after that, he signed with the St. John’s Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada.

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Now, Singh is signed with All Elite Wrestling as a full-time professional wrestler, and we cannot wait to see the next chapter of his life.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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