A plane diverted to Iceland as a result of a bomb threat reportedly saw AEW star Nick Wayne and his mother on board.
The 17-year-old was on his way home from a show in London for PROGRESS Wrestling when the plane, headed back to Wayne’s home of Seattle, Washington, was taken off-track to Iceland following the revelations of a bomb threat.
Bryan Alvarez spoke of the incident on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, describing it as “a pretty harrowing situation”:
“There was somebody [who] apparently went into the bathroom and wrote either ‘bomb’ or ‘explosion’ on the mirror of the bathroom, and they [the plane] turned around, they landed in Iceland, they took everybody off the plane, they herded them into some secure area, and since the threat was made clearly by a passenger since it had been written on the mirror, they are basically, I don’t know if they have or if they are going to, have to interrogate every single person on the plane.
They’re searching everybody, I guess they’ve searched the entire plane and everything like that, and apparently, his [Nick Wayne’s] mother was interrogated for quite a while because she had, like, eyeliner or something of that nature, and obviously, it had been scrawled in eyeliner or makeup on the bathroom mirror, so she was in a panic.
They’re still in Iceland as of 50 minutes ago, and they’ve got no information on when they can go home, how they’re going to go home, what’s next, all in the dark. Essentially, everybody on the flight is being treated, I guess, as if they are guilty. It’s a pretty harrowing situation.”
Darby just presented Nick with an AEW contract pic.twitter.com/AAwA9VyrLU
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) February 13, 2022
Wayne defeated Robbie X in his last match before boarding the plane, wrestling the often-touted hidden gem of British wrestling on PROGRESS’ Chapter 136: 24/7 card. He had originally been booked against AEW World Tag Team Champion Swerve Strickland, but he was unable to make the event.
Debuting when he was only 12-years-old, Nick Wayne became the youngest AEW star signed to the promotion – bar, of course, Brodie ‘-1’ Huber Jr. – when offered a contract by Darby Allin. This came in-ring at a DEFY Wrestling card, moments after Wayne had lost to Christopher Daniels.
Although he isn’t expected to actually debut with AEW until he’s eighteen, Nick Wayne is a third-generation star; Buddy Wayne and Moondog Ed Moretti are his father and grandfather, respectively.
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