Tony Nese has apparently signed an AEW deal after appearing on Dynamite and wrestling matches on Dark.
Tony Nese is apparently All Elite after being shown in the crowd on Dynamite and wrestling a couple of matches on Dark.
WWE has released a lot of wrestlers in 2021 in an attempt to trim its budget and seemingly streamline its roster. The company’s locker room may well have become a little more crowded than Vince McMahon intended when he appeared to be offering anyone and everyone under his employ a new deal in an attempt to stop them joining AEW.
Fast forward two years and a lot of the wrestlers let go have been granted a new lease on life under Tony Khan. Malakai Black, Andrade, and Miro, formerly known as Rusev, are all now under contract in AEW. It now seems as if Tony Nese has joined them, or at least that’s what Dave Meltzer has claimed during a recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio.
“He did the Dark tapings in Orlando and I think he wrestled more than one match. He’s signed so that’s the deal,” Meltzer said. Nese wrestled two matches during AEW’s Dark tapings over the weekend. The first was against Fuego Del Sol and the second was a win versus DeMarcio James. AEW tapes Dark in batches, so those matches may air at any point on YouTube over the course of the next few weeks.
Prior to wrestling a couple of Dark matches, Nese was shown sitting in the crowd during Dynamite. A tactic NXT used to employ to reveal its new signings. Both times Nese was shown came during World Title Eliminator Tournament matches. Since the bracket for that tournament is already full, the timing of Nese’s appearance implies his first rivalry will be with someone who isn’t going to win.
Nese was never given much chance to show WWE what he was capable of while under contract with the company, at least not on a big stage. The Premier Athlete spent the majority of his time on 205 Live. Nese wrestled his final match on 205 Live on June 15, 2021, and was released from his contract ten days later.