Brian Pillman Jr. might be a free agent, but according to a new report, he won’t be heading to WWE.
On July 11th it was reported that Brian Pillman Jr.’s contract with AEW expired and he was now a free agent. The second-generation star was a regular feature on AEW programming in the promotion’s earlier years, clashing with the likes of MJF, but opportunities had been more limited in recent times.
Just days after Pillman Jr. had been released, it was revealed that he’d been spotted training at the WWE Performance Center, sparking rumours he was about to sign with the company. However, it seems unlikely that a deal is on the horizon.
Reporting in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that Pillman Jr. is unlikely to join the company until at least after the merger with UFC is completed.
“Someone in WWE noted to us about Brian Pillman Jr., who AEW didn’t renew the contract of and his training at the Performance Center, and that while not impossible, it would be less likely he’d be hired right now until after the merger is complete.”
WWE Does Hold Interest In Signing Brian Pillman Jr.
Although a deal might not be struck in the coming weeks — if at all — that doesn’t mean WWE isn’t interested in the former AEW star. While some wondered whether he was working out at the Performance Center almost as a goodwill gesture from the company, that isn’t the case.
Following the initial reports, it was claimed that WWE had an “immediate” interest in Pillman Jr. when he left AEW, and his appearance at the Performance Center was something of a “get to know you” meeting.