In what seems to be a fresh wave of excitement within the wrestling community, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is casting an interested eye on two free agents with a commendable track record in other wrestling platforms.
This development comes amid a hiring freeze that has held sway in WWE since the dawn of 2023, precipitated by the return of Vince McMahon as the Executive Chairman, with intentions to sell the enterprise. As the wrestling community digested McMahon's strategic move, the seismic shock came on April 3rd, the day following WrestleMania 39.
WWE announced its acquisition by Endeavor, the entertainment powerhouse, in an unprecedented deal that melded UFC and WWE into a single entity with a staggering value exceeding $21 billion. This groundbreaking merger birthed TKO Group Holdings, as disclosed earlier this month.
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In the wake of this massive corporate shuffle, although presumably still in place, the hiring freeze hasn't deterred WWE from engaging in discussions and nurturing hopes of bringing new faces on board.
The Endeavor-WWE deal's finalization is expected later this year, potentially sparking a flurry of recruitment. Noted wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently conveyed WWE's emerging interest in two seasoned wrestlers, stirring the rumor mills.
He said, "Internally, there has been talk in WWE about Richard Holliday and Tama Tonga. Holliday's inspiring cancer survival story and Tonga's long-standing interest have brought them to the forefront of WWE's considerations." A former Major League Wrestling standout, Richard Holliday, recently earned his free-agent status.
After triumphing over cancer in 2022, the 30-year-old is eager to return to the ring with a slated GCW appearance in July. On the other hand, Tama Tonga alluded to WWE's persistent interest in bringing him into their fold, despite the hiring freeze that has momentarily halted all signings.
These potential signings could be the first signs of a new era in WWE under the TKO Group Holdings banner, promising intriguing developments for wrestling fans worldwide.