"The King of Swerve" Shane Strickland had signed on as part of Lucha Underground dating back to February 2015. As Killshot, he would go on to win the trios tag team titles with Willie Mack and the Son of Havoc.
The reigning PCW Ultra Heavyweight Champion was rumored to have signed with the WWE and was to debut for them (presumably NXT) in January. However that Lucha Underground contract prevented him from doing so. His Lucha Underground contract didn't prevent him from continuing his work just about anywhere else including EVOLVE, DEFY, CRASH, MLW, House of Hardcore, and All American Wrestling.
Roughly at five o'clock pacific time this morning, the reigning PCW Ultra Heavyweight Champion Shane Strickland announced his return to free agency. Assuming Strickland is now free to sign with anyone. The landscape of professional wrestling is radically different then it was even just a month ago. Ring of Honor is looking to strengthen its roster, All Elite Wrestling is looking to grow its roster, WWE is always signing top tier talents and that's not to mention Impact, Major League Wrestling or whatever might come next.
Srickland is scheduled to defend his PCW Ultra Heavyweight Championship against Brian Cage Saturday January 18th in Wilmington CA.
t CWF Mid-Atlantic New Year's Knockout 2019 in Gibonsville, Trevor Lee teamed with Cain Justice and Shane Helms to defeat Arik Royal, Brad Attitude, and Roy Wilkins. Lee also announced his signing with the WWE. Lee had been a mainstay with CWF Mid Atlantic dating all the way back to 2012. The 11 year veteran has been an Impact Tag Team Champion and a three time X-Division Champion. Outside of Impact, he's held tag team titles with Andrew Everett in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and All American Wrestling.
It is rumored that Lee will start with NXT.
After eight years wrestling in New Japan, KUSHIDA has announced he will resign from New Japan Pro Wrestling. Kushida was defeated by the "Bone Soldier" Taiji Ishimori at Wrestle Kingdom 13. The Junior Heavyweight is a six time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion and a two time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champion.
A very emotional Kushida credits his time with NJPW for making him a "Real" pro wrestler. That the promotion and its fans made him the man he is today. Kushida plans to experience more of pro wrestling around the world. And he has no regrets about his decision. And had a great time in New Japan.
KUSHIDA got his first break in wrestling teaming with his trainer TAJIRI for the HUSTLE promotion. KUSHIDA would spend his earlier career between HUSTE and indie events in Japan before becoming a regular for All Japan in 2007. In 2008 he would start working in Canada regularly. In 2010 he wrestled his first match in New Japan.
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Maxwell Jacob Friedman is the latest signee with All Elite Wrestling. MJF has been wrestling professionally for just about four years, which is indicative is how good he is and fast he's learned. Friedman who made his name wrestling in CZW. He's a former Wired Champion and World Champion in CZW and a former MLW Middleweight Champion.
MJF was apart of the first All In card losing to Matt Cross.
It what might have been the most worst kept secret in professional wrestling, Frankie Kazarian, Christopher Daniels, and Scorpio Sky have officially joined the ranks of All Elite Wrestling.
It really isn't much of a surprise considering how heavily they were involved with the Being the Elite YouTube Series.
On January 5th Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi officially quit the Elite and re-joined the Bullet Club, when they helped the Guerrillas of Destiny and Ishimori retain the Never Open Six Man Tag Titles. This makes sense considering the departure of The Elite members Cody, The Young Bucks, and Hangman Page. Now that is out of the way, Owens has officially re-signed with New Japan Wrestling. "Happy to announce I have signed my first official contract in the wrestling business and am now signed with NJPW," Owens proclaimed on Social Media.
October 18th 2013 Chase Owens caught the attention of New Japan Pro Wrestling for the first time when he defeated Jason Kincaid to regain the NWA Worlds Junior Heavyweight Championship at NWA Houston's Invasion which featured scouts and talent from New Japan Pro Wrestling. During this time, Owens was becoming one of the hottest attractions for the promotion ow called Innovative Pro Wrestling. Also would start making appearances in Canada for Canadian's Wrestling Elite and Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling (that would tour China). Owens would begin to defend the NWA Jr. Championship in New Japan before ultimately losing the championship to the Legend Jushin "Thunder" Liger.
Owens would be invited back to Japan to compete in the Super Juniors Tournament. In 2015 Owens would often be paired with Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks, becoming a full fledged member of the Bullet Club.
Until recently, Owens would compete in Innovative and CWE regularly. No word how exclusive the contract Owens signed, but its expected he'd still compete for his base promotions in between tours of New Japan.
"Nick and I were free agents for about 12 hours," Matt Jackson so proudly announced via twitter whilst posting a photo of the the initial AEW signings. When the contracts of the Young Bucks, Cody, Brandi, and "Hangman" Page expired with Ring of Honor the five signed with the new company. The promotion was created by Tony Khan who serve at the President of the company. Khan is the co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Premier League team Fulham F.C.
It is rumored that Britt Baker has been signed to the company.
A Press Conference on January the 8th may reveal more details.
Wrestling Observer reported that Nick Miller (known prior to joining NXT as Mikey Nichols) has left the company. It was Miller's decision to leave. Recently he return home to Australia, he's a new father, and decided he didn't want to return. Apparently he left on good terms, because the rumor is that he has open door should he decide to return. Currently his former tag partner Shane Thorne is now wrestling solo. The duo teamed as TM-61. A take on their team names on the Indies The Mighty Don't Kneel. Although celebrated as one of the bright spots on NXT, the duo never really made much headway in the tag team division.
As TMDK, Nicholls and Haste wrestled in NOAH. They were there from 2011 until 2015 when they signed with NXT. The pair held the Crown Global Honor Tag Team Championships on two occasions and even made appearances in New Japan. Prior to that Nicholls was a mainstay in Explosive Pro Wrestling where he was the first NWA Australia Champion. Some insiders have guessed that Nicholls will retire.
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