4 wrestlers that reportedly signed with WWE recently
Only two weeks remain in 2019.
In order to close 2019 on a high note, wrestling promotions around the world have ramped up their attempts to either sign or re-sign free agents. And with the potential start-up of All Elite Wrestling, strategies on signing have changed this year.
WWE has been offering contracts to most free agents in order to keep them from going to AEW or ROH. Even though they can't sign everyone, WWE has either offered contracts to some stars and had the offers rejected or signed some free agents.
Although they are still under contract to their respective companies, WWE reportedly showed interest in Killer Kross of Impact Wrestling and Kushida of NJPW. Both would be good signings but their interest in going to WWE is unknown.
Fred Yehi of Evolve and Full Impact Pro have also been on their radar and Shane Strickland appeared to be heading to WWE before his no-compete clause with Lucha Underground was examined.
WWE also reportedly offered contracts to members of the Elite including Adam Page, Cody and the Youngs Bucks, with all allegedly turning down WWE.
Things might change in the coming weeks, but if those reports are to be believed then the Elite will be working on their own promotion in 2019.
WWE also reportedly offered contracts to Tetsuya Naito, and Bandido with both men turning down the offers. Even though free agency isn't always a winning situation, there are some wrestlers who have reportedly agreed to deals withe WWE.
Walter certainly made his mark on WWE officials, so much so that they convinced him to sign with NXT. He had originally not wanted to relocate to Florida for NXT, but with the emergence of NXT UK this year, he changed his tune.
Working for the UK brand would allow him to stay in Europe, although he'd be unable to work for indie promotions throughout the continent.
He's expected to be 'in the crowd' at some point during NXT UK: Blackpool, leaving one less free agent for the others since WWE has gobbled him up.
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