Bronson Reed was a dominant force in New Japan Pro-Wrestling as JONAH prior to his shocking return to WWE. Reed’s re-signing was a priority for new-WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque after Levesque took over WWE’s creative direction, according to Fightful Select.
According to the report, WWE has been interested in Reed since mid-August, confirming Mat Men’s Andrew Zarian’s reports. Reed is now under contract with WWE, though no word on when the deal was signed. Reed worked for NJPW until October, pitching Wrestle Kingdom matches on Twitter to keep fans guessing that the once-prominent NJPW star hadn’t wrestled in a few months.
While Reed’s name did not appear on WWE run sheets or other internal documents, WWE Superstars were reportedly aware of his impending return. Reed, a former WWE “NXT” North American Champion, was let go by WWE in 2021.
Reed later worked for Impact Wrestling and NJPW, where he reunited with fellow TMDK members Shane Haste and Mikey Nicholls, as well as new TMDK member Bad Dude Tito. Reed was defeated in his final matches in both promotions; in Impact, he lost to the legendary PCO in a Monster’s Ball Match in April, and in NJPW, he lost to G1 Climax Winner Kazuchika Okada at NJPW Declaration of Power in October, revenge for Reed’s tournament victory over Okada.
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