AEW’s roster had no idea that Buddy Matthews was to depart the company prior to his recent announcement.
At a recent indie event, Matthews announced that he will be taking a break from wrestling, which will result in him not competing on AEW programming.
While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that AEW talent were not made aware of Matthews’ announcement ahead of time.
“I know a lot of the talent did not know of any of this until today. It’s not like word was going around on Wednesday when they taped that the word was going around that this is Buddy’s last match or anything like that, you know they didn’t really know anything.”
It has been reported that Matthews, whose announcement comes weeks after Malakai Black left AEW, is seeking a return to WWE.