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AEW Reportedly in Talks to Sign Former WWE Tag Team The Grizzled Young Veterans

One Big Thing

AEW is reportedly interested in signing former WWE NXT UK Tag Team Champions The Grizzled Young Veterans, Zack Gibson and James Drake, despite the duo not coming to terms with the promotion as of yet.

Key Points

  • The Grizzled Young Veterans had a lengthy run with WWE, becoming the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions.
  • In 2023, Gibson and Drake parted ways with WWE and have since made appearances in DPO, TNA, and AEW.
  • According to Fightful Select, there have been ongoing talks between The Grizzled Young Veterans and AEW, but things have not gone the way the promotion might have hoped.
  • AEW top brass still has interest in signing the duo, despite not coming to terms as of yet.
  • The duo appeared in TNA without a contract but allegedly have no plans to return there for the time being.

Why It Matters

The potential signing of The Grizzled Young Veterans by AEW could significantly impact the tag team division in the promotion. With their experience and success in WWE’s NXT UK brand, Gibson and Drake could bring a fresh dynamic to AEW’s already stacked tag team roster.

Grizzled Young Veterans on Leaving WWE

In a December 2023 interview with Metro, Gibson explained that they left WWE due to becoming frustrated with their creative direction, describing their run as “boring.” The team ultimately wants to enjoy what they’re doing, which led to their decision to part ways with the company.

Potential Impact on TNA and NXT

If The Grizzled Young Veterans decide to sign with TNA, they might ironically appear in “NXT” due to the deal between the two promotions. However, AEW’s pursuit of the duo might put a spanner into that particular notion.

Do you think The Grizzled Young Veterans would be a good fit for AEW’s tag team division? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

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