As previously reported, former WWE NXT North American Champion Bronson Reed made his return to WWE on WWE RAW this past Monday Night and cost Dexter Lumis his victory in the Winner Takes All Ladder Match against The Miz by pushing Lumis off the ladder and helping Miz climb the ladder and secure both bags of cash.
According to Fightful Select, NJPW wanted to retain Reed and was hopeful that he would stay, but Reed was someone who was on the radar of the WWE and Triple H for a few months now and ever since WWE Head of Creative and Chief Content Officer Triple H was put in charge of the company, Reed would also be a priority hire for The Cerebral Assassin. It was also noted on the report that Bronson’s return to the WWE was not telegraphed internally on the run sheets, but talent knew he would be returning. A source even said that it “wasn’t an accident” that Reed didn’t compete in in-ring action for the last couple of months.
Reed’s return to the WWE was reportedly expected as Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Radio first reported back in August that WWE was interested in bringing him back. Bronson has reportedly signed a contract with the WWE and has no pending obligations with NJPW, unlike Karl Anderson, who will compete at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17 and possibly other dates as well, while also wrestling for WWE. Bronson was one of the many talents released during Vince McMahon’s regime and since then, he had been competing in NJPW and IMPACT Wrestling as JONAH.