WWE’s NXT series has added a familiar face in former college track and field star Anna Keefer.
After recently making her debut on the show, the former North Carolina Tar Heels star has revealed her in-ring name.
Keefer was first spotted by WWE fans in one pre-recorded promo Beginning of November.
With bodyguards at her side, she handed Jacy Jayne a sealed envelope intended for Chase U.
Keefer refused to give her name at the time, but has since revealed that she will be known in the ring as Adriana Rizzo.
Along with glamorous shots of her posing in an off-the-shoulder black dress, Keefer continued to post Instagram: “Just what the family needed…You can call me Adriana Rizzo!”
She will join NXT Tag Team Champions Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo, alongside whom she has appeared alongside a number of times.
This represents a meteoric rise for Keefer, who signed with WWE just over a year ago.
Formerly a high school star in Minnesota, she was a six-time state champion and the 2016 AAU Junior Olympian in the long jump, according to the statement Tar Heels Biography.
Keefer then headed to North Carolina, where she became a three-time All-American, a five-time All-ACC first-teamer and the 2022 ACC Indoor Long Jump Champion.
During her final season, she traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, where she participated in WWE’s SummerSlam Tryout.
Keefer took to Instagram after her practice session to share some behind-the-scenes snaps from the day.
She captioned the shots: “Thank you @wwe for this unique opportunity.
“This was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I have ever had. I met some incredibly talented people that I will never forget! I can’t thank you enough!”
Later that month, she was among fourteen student-athletes signed to the WWE Next In Line program.
Not only does she have impressive athletic performance, but she also has over 16,000 Instagram followers.
Here, Keefer regularly shares glamorous lifestyle shots and images from her sports career.