WWE reportedly in talks with MLW

Apr 30, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

WWE officials are reportedly in talks with MLW officials.

It was noted in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE does not like the reputation it has of not working with anyone in the modern pro wrestling world.

Regarding MLW and WWE, the talks are along the lines of the old EVOLVE deal or to a degree, the ECW deal from the 1990s. The idea is to give some of the developmental guys, who aren’t working WWE NXT, some work on TV. There is also the idea of WWE creating their own EVOLVE-like group as a weekly streaming show, but this would allow the talents to work on actual TV and get some more exposure than on Peacock and the WWE Network, and it also makes it seem like WWE is changing and modernizing.

There’s also the idea of alleviating the frustration of so many talents on the roster who sign with the company and then basically are never used, especially with no NXT live event running right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was also said that people see AEW having partnerships with NJPW, Impact Wrestling and AAA, and WWE wants to make it look like they are not set in their old ways and uncooperative.

There’s no word on if anything will come of the WWE – MLW talks or a timeframe on when something might happen, but right now within WWE there is a mentality to work with other promotions.

Stay tuned for updates.

2 Responses

  1. Taxx W. Hoodchicken says:

    As long as JACOB FATU is presented properly as the REAL WORLD CHAMPION

  2. Mark says:

    But will we also see MLW employed talent (e.g. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, Alex Hammerstome, Contra UNIT, Injustice, the Von Erichs tag team, Los L.A. Parks, Richard Holiday, etc) appearing on WWE TV? (Like with RVD back in 1997 in the WWE when he was alligned with Jerry Lawler despite RVD being ECW employed talent at the time and also like with the 1997 ECW Invasion of Raw)

    The WWE roster was pretty thin in the mid 1990s as WWE were rebuilding, so they had Lawler do his angle with ECW where he called them “Extremely Crappy Wrestling” among other things. The ECW Inasion was on Feburary 24th 1997’s episode of Raw (the same episode also had an arm wrestling match between Marlena & Sunny).

    3 months later Lawler brought in RVD into WWE as a heel and on the May 12, 1997 edition of Raw and RVD ended up facing an unknown youngster (at the time) named Jeff Hardy. It was the night where Lawler nicknamed RVD “Mr. Monday Night” prior to the match. RVD hit a Five Star Frog Splash, then he picked Hardy up, slammed him and hit the split legged moonsault for the win. Obviously he changed that around and made the Frog Splash his finisher. (Jeff was only 19 years old at the time of this match. Jeff was wrestling in WWE as a jobber going way back to 1994 when Jeff faced Razor Ramon in Youngstown, Ohio.)
    RVD would then wrestle 3 other times in WWE in 1997 in the month of June with one of those matches being against Flash Funk and the other two matches being tag team matches where RVD teamed with Jerry Lawler to face The Headbangers with RVD & Lawler winning 1 match by DQ and and The Headbangers beating RVD & Lawler in the WWF World Tag Team Title Tournament Quarter Final.

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