Bobby Fish was released by the WWE this past August 6 reportedly due to budget cuts and since then he has been taking bookings on the independent scene in the Pennsylvania area and he has appeared on MLW Fightland. Shortly after Sammy Guevara won the TNT Championship by defeating Miro, Bobby Fish took to Twitter and challenged Guevara for his TNT Title, which Guevara accepted.
Fish would then make his AEW debut during last Wednesday night’s 2nd Anniversary episode of Dynamite, but would end up losing the match after Guevara hit Fish with his GTH finisher. Immediately after AEW Dynamite went off the air last Wednesday, Bobby Fish was officially announced to have signed with the company under a full-time contract.
Dave Meltzer noted on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Fish coming into AEW was something that was recommended and largely put together by The Young Bucks and that the reason it was only announced until after the match was due to the company wanting to position it as an outsider coming in to All Elite Wrestling and trying to win the title as opposed to a talent under contract to AEW and just offering up a regular title match.
The report also mentioned that with The Young Bucks being EVPs in AEW, it is fairly common for any of the EVPs in the company to be involved when it comes to recruiting/signing new talent as the EVPs are also involved in directly negotiating with possible incoming stars at times.
At this coming Saturday’s special episode of AEW Dynamite, Bobby Fish is set to compete in his second match in AEW against Bryan Danielson.