Former football player set for WWE NXT Level Up debut


Former college football player Hank Walker (real name Joe Sculthorpe) Channing will make his WWE debut against “Stax” Lorenzo in episode 7/1 of “NXT Level Up”.

Walker signed with WWE in March as part of the latest class of recruits to report to the Performance Center in Orlando, FL. He was part of the same class that included Ariana Grace (Bianca Carelli), Roxanne Perez (Roc-C) and Fallon Henley.

Announcing Walker’s signing, WWE released the following note about the footballer-turned-wrestler:

A 6-for-2, 305-pound force, Joseph Sculthorpe was an NCAA All-Conference offensive lineman at NC State before signing as a draft free agent with the Atlanta Falcons. Originally from Hampstead, NC, Skullthorpe was a high school state heavyweight wrestling champion.

After earning third-team All-ACC honors in his final year at NC State, Walker was part of the Atlanta Falcons’ preseason training camp in 2021, but did not make the team’s roster.

WWE filed to trademark the name “Hank Walker” on June 8. Subsequently, on June 11, Walker lost to Von Wagner at an NXT Live event in Largo, FL. This was his first pro wrestling match.

Walker’s rival, Lorenzo, made several appearances on “NXT 2.0” as a member of Tony D’Angelo’s stable.

“NXT Level Up” every Friday night at 10PM ET on Peacock/WWE Network. You can find the full lineup for Episode 7/1 below.

  • Javier Bernal vs Duke Hudson
  • Hank Walker vs Channing “Stack” Lorenzo
  • Amari Miller vs Sloane Jacobs

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