WWE is not known for sharing talent or having their talent appear on another company’s shows, but now that Triple H is in charge of creative major changes have happened such as wrestlers being allowed to work for other promotions and several former WWE Stars being brought back. Karl Anderson of The O.C., who was the former NEVER Openweight Champion, while already under contract to the WWE appeared on the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17 Event and defended the title against Tama Tonga and Shinsuke Nakamura made an appearance at Pro Wrestling NOAH’s The New Year Show Event and took on pro wrestling legend The Great Muta in Singles action as part of Muta’s retirement tour.
Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline.com took to his Twitter a few days back and revealed that WWE “is going to allow their NXT talent to work select indie shows going forward.” and that it’s “a pretty big deal.” WWE Hall of Famer Booker T then announced, via his Twitter account, that WWE NXT Star Ivy Nile is set to work the upcoming Reality Of Wrestling show this coming Saturday, February 11th. During the recent WWE NXT Vengeance Day media call, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels discussed the possibility of other WWE NXT talent being booked to compete on Indie shows and said that it was a one-time deal.
Dave Meltzer noted on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio Program that right now it is a one-time deal, but the company has talked with several other pro wrestling promotions, though the WWE wants to see first how the Ivy Nile thing will go before booking other WWE NXT talents on Indie shows and he thinks the idea is to target companies that have good relationships with AEW and see what they can do.
This is what Dave Meltzer said:
“I will try to explain it, Ivy Nile will be working a show in a couple of weeks for Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling. Right now, the Reality of Wrestling because of Booker T, it’s not….Shawn Michaels actually said it’s a one-time thing. From what I understand, regarding Reality of Wrestling goes, they expect to get some NXT stars from time to time. Bryan had put in a tweet and Bryan is basically correct that there are several other companies that have been talked to with the idea that they may be able to get NXT stars, but the Booker T thing has to go well. If it goes well, there are other companies and I think they’re targeting companies that have good relationships with AEW and see what they can do. That’s part of it of course too. They would be willing to send in theory NXT talent to some independents at maybe…companies have been talked to whether it ends up happening or not, we don’t know.”
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the quotes.
You can check out the tweets below:
NXT is going to allow talent to work select indies going forward, which is a pretty big deal— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) February 4, 2023
Excited to merge my @WWENXT favorites with the roster of my students at @TheOfficialROW! Don’t miss a HUGE show next Saturday! Can’t wait to see @ivynile_wwe in the World Gym Arena! https://t.co/9zYvls8WEP— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) February 4, 2023