Buddy Murphy has announced his first post-WWE match is to take place in September and he will be going one-on-one with a current All Elite Wrestling star.
The current FTW Champion Brian Cage announced on his social media that he is set to face Murphy at the famed 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 18th. The match is part of a show being promoted by Battleground Championship Wrestling with former WWE stars nZo and Aiden English set to face off and an appearance from AEW’s Matt Hardy is also being advertised.
The match is Buddy Murphy’s first announced contest since the Australian star received his WWE release on the 2nd of June. Murphy was released alongside Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Ruby Riott, and Santana Garrett as part of continuing budget cuts in the company.
Murphy is subject to a ninety-day non-compete clause due to his WWE release. He recently revealed that the WWE office called him the day after his release worried that he only had a thirty-day release clause in his contract. Buddy Murphy was pleased to tell them that the letter he received confirmed it was ninety days and the date the clause is up is August 31st leaving Murphy free and clear to work wherever he chooses after that date.
The story about the panicked phone call came after it emerged that Aleister Black never had his release clause updated from his NXT contract so his thirty-day release clause allowed him to recently debut for AEW as Malakai Black.
Murphy’s slated opponent for September Brian Cage currently has his hands full on AEW television with Team Taz partner Ricky Starks. Tension has risen between the pair since they lost a Street Fight to Sting and Darby Allin at Revolution. Cage and Starks are set to go one on one on night one of Fyter Fest for the FTW Championship in what will be Starks’ first match back after a neck injury.