Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Although there have been some recent reports (started by Forbes.com) that WWE tried to contact Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio about returning for the upcoming Brand Split, WWE has not contacted either man as of this writing. The Forbes report claimed that WWE had reached out to Hardy and Mysterio as well as many other talents for a return for the upcoming Draft. Jeff Hardy is currently under contract to TNA Wrestling while Rey Mysterio has an exclusive deal with Lucha Underground. Those contracts prevent them from returning to WWE at this time.
With that being said, the company has been “aggressively” scouting numerous indy talents, as well as Lucha Underground talent who are contractually able to leave. The company has also contacted a bunch of former Superstars about returning as well. WWE is reportedly “very squeamish” about bringing Kurt Angle back due to his well-documented issues in the past. In addition to that, the company has had several high-profile incidents involving Adam Rose, Jerry Lawler and Roman Reigns in recent weeks and Angle has a lot of past run-ins with the law, mainly due to DUIs.