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Yanbo Wang is a Chinese professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he works on the NXT brand, under the ring names Big Boa or simply Boa.

Early career

Boa is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He was named the 2016 Brazilian jiu-jitsu China Open Gi/No-Gi champion and represented China at the 2013 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships.

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE

NXT (2016-present)

In September 2016, it was reported WWE signed a total of seven Chinese athletes to train in the WWE Performance Center, among them Boa was signed.

Boa made his in-ring debut on July 8, 2017 in NXT, where he teamed with No Way Jose to defeat Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake. On July 22, Boa teamed with Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford in defeating Brennan Williams and the twin Ealy Brothers Gabriel and Uriel in a six-man tag match. Two months later on September 22, Boa defeated Aiden English. During October 21 and October 22, Boa was defeated twice by Christopher Dijak. On November 3, Boa teamed with Oney Lorcan in defeating Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli in a tag match. He ended his debut year on December 2 with a victory over fellow Chinese recruit Tian Bing.

During January 2018, Boa enjoyed a string of successful singles matches, defeating new opponents including Kona Reeves, Marcel Barthel and Kishan Raftar. On February 9, Boa won an upset victory over former Impact Wrestling star Chad Lail (formerly known in Impact Wrestling and other promotions as Gunner). During April, Boa mostly wrestled in tag matches including a mixed tag match on April 19, teaming with his fellow recruits Rocky & Xia Li against Adrian Jaoude, Cezar Bononi & Taynara Conti. On May 11, Boa teamed with Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight) in a match won by The Undisputed ERA (Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong). On May 17, Boa defeated fellow Chinese NXT recruit Cheng Yuxiang. He finished the month with a loss to fellow rookie Babatunde Aiyegbusi. Two months later, Boa returned during the July 27th house show where he lost to Jeet Rama. He returned a month later during the August 11th house show, where he teamed with fellow countrymen and rookie Mars Wang in a tag match lost to The Coffey Brothers (Joe Coffey & Mark Coffey).

Returning for the September 27th house show, Boa defeated Cezar Bononi. During the September 28th and September 29th house shows, Bononi defeated Boa in two consecutive rematches. During the October 12th house show, Boa began the month with a loss to Jeet Rama. The following week, Boa returned for the October 19 house show, wrestling two matches. His first was a singles match lost to NXT recruit Matt Riddle. The second match was in a tag team with Mars Wang & Rocky. He finished the month with an appearance during the October 27 house show, competing in a NXT North American Championship No. 1 Contendership Halloween Costume battle royal, eventually won by Stacey Ervin Jr.. The following month, Boa competed in two tag matches during the November 9 and November 10 house shows. He finished the year with a match during the December 6 house show, where he lost against Shane Thorne.

The following year in 2019, Boa and his tag partner Rocky competed in a No. 1 Contendership Gauntlet match during the January 12 house show, but were eliminated by team Heavy Machinery before the match conclusion. The following week, Boa competed in a Unleash The Universe Tournament during the January 17 house show, advancing in the first round after eliminating Ric Bugez. Later on during the show, Boa was eliminated in the semi-final by Mansoor Al-Shehail. From February to April, Boa only wrestled once during each of those months. He wrestled two house shows during the month of May, losing a singles match against Garza Jr. and winning the second singles match defeating Brendan Vink. Two months later, Boa made his televised debut during the July 10 episode of NXT. There he competed in a NXT Breakout Tournament where he was eliminated during the first round by Jordan Myles.

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