In recent months, WWE has carried out a truly stringent staff cut policy, with numerous athletes and various professionals who have lost their jobs because they have returned to some really important budget cuts. In fact, since the beginning of the global pandemic, WWE has begun to take on a very particular role in the world of the pro-wrestling business, from being the world leader in hiring, with the NXT classes that were always overloaded with hired personnel, to being the number one company in releases, with really important names that have undergone this treatment, from Rusev to Zack Ryder, passing through Bray Wyatt, Nia Jax, Braun Strowman or Aleister Black.
Most of these athletes, at least the slightly more important ones, ended up going to fight elsewhere, in the rings of other companies such as the All Elite Wrestling of the Khan family or IMPACT Wrestling, two of the most important American companies after the WWE, while others have preferred Mexico or Japan, to take their first steps outside the McMahon-owned company.
Buddy Matthews, formerly known as Buddy Murphy in WWE, is on his way to New Japan Pro Wrestling. During the recent New Japan Showdown taping in Philadelphia, fans noted the arrival of the former WWE star. The announcement was made via a video in the arena, hyping up the upcoming debut of the former Buddy Murphy.
What's next for Buddy Murphy?
After seeing Kyle O'Reilly, Bobby Fish, Keith Lee or Adam Cole arrive, it may be time to see another famous former WWE face in the AEW ring as well, with Buddy Murphy, a former ally of Seth Rollins in his time as a holy man of Monday Night Raw, in which he called himself Messiah, who could in fact soon sign an agreement with the Khans.
To report the news, it was the well-known Fightful Select, who in his latest update stated that there have been contacts between the management of the All Elite and the athlete in the last few days. Currently, Buddy Murphy calls himself Buddy Matthews, unable to use the name given to him by WWE anymore, with the boy who initially worked with NJPW and now wants to return to the American rings for his future instead.
Several sources have confirmed that there is an interest on the part of the AEW in hiring the boy, with someone even confirming that there are already plans for him to debut on-screen soon. We will see if the rumors will be confirmed in the coming days, with yet another debut that will arrive on the Dynamite or Rampage televisions for All Elite Wrestling.