Swerve Strickland AEW

New Backstage Details Emerge About WWE Contacting AEW Talent


In recent weeks, there has been a lot of chatter about WWE officials contacting AEW wrestlers. Performers such as Malakai Black, Swerve Strickland, Miro, and The Undisputed Elite (Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish, and Adam Cole) were among those named. A new report today from Fightful clarifies some of the rumors swirling about what exactly went down, and who was contacted.

It was confirmed that Swerve Strickland was contacted by WWE, but that Strickland referred them to his legal team. Swerve let them know that he was not interested in a return at this time. This may have coincided with the return of Hit Row to WWE television, which includes Swerve’s former stablemates B-FAB, Ashante Thee Adonis, and Top Dolla.

Regarding Malakai Black, the situation may be a bit more complicated than originally thought. Several members of AEW management believed that Black was eyeing a return to WWE. But one source within the company believes that both Black and Buddy Matthews will be back in a few months, now that issues regarding Black have been “smoothed out” prior to All Out taking place.

The report shot down the rumor that Bobby Fish acted as a recruitment agent on behalf of Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole. Several sources within AEW deny this, and sources with WWE say they have not had talks with Fish. Keith Lee, also a subject of return rumors, was not among those contacted by WWE.

For those wondering, there is no word on whether or not Miro was contacted by WWE, but The Redeemer has not requested his release from AEW.

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