New details are revealed about WWE reaching out to contracted AEW talents.
We noted last week how Swerve Strickland was one of the names WWE contacted. A new report from Fightful Select notes that Strickland referred WWE to his attorney and had no interest in returning to the company at the time.
There has been speculation that WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H might want to bring Strickland back when he brought the other Hit Row members back, and it has now been confirmed that Strickland was contacted as part of the field for Hit Row’s return.
Despite rumors, it is reported that Strickland’s tag team partner Keith Lee has not yet been contacted by WWE, at least until now.
In connection with this, it was reported last week via Wrestling Observer’s Ryan Frederick that Bobby Fish was trying to get Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly to leave AEW for WWE, shortly before Fish’s AEW contract expired in late August. With this new Fightful report saying multiple AEW sources have vehemently denied this, WWE sources have said there have been no talks between Fish and the company.
There have been rumors online that Miro might be approached by WWE, but those are just rumors. Miro also did not ask for his AEW release, according to the report.
With regard to Malakai Black, who was reportedly given parole from AEW earlier this month so that he can take time off from personal problems, it is said that when he asked for his AEW release, several senior AEW members thought he was only asked for the release so that he could go to WWE. Black reportedly told at least one WWE talent that he wished he was back with the company.
AEW officials reportedly thought the Black situation had been ironed out before All Out, but that was clearly not the case. At least one AEW source believes we’ll see Black and Buddy Matthews back in AEW in a few months, and that AEW had no intention of releasing Black so he can go elsewhere.
Last week it was reported that WWE also sent feelers to IWGP, AAA & ROH World Tag Team Champions FTR, plus another unnamed AEW Original. As we noted, it was recently revealed how AEW officials contacted WWE to warn them of contract manipulation.
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