Buddy Matthews, the former Buddy Murphy, may be heading to AEW according to a new report.
Buddy Murphy found some success during his eight years in WWE, having become both an NXT Tag Team Champion alongside his partner Wesley Blake, and eventually going on to with the Cruiserweight Championship when he defeated Cedric Alexander in October of 2018. After being drafted to the main roster in 2019, he aligned himself with Seth Rollins and went on to win the Raw Tag Team Championships before their eventual split.
He also found himself involved in a story with the Mysterio family that saw him romantically involved with Rey Mysterio’s daughter Aalyah. The storyline with the Mysterios was dropped in late 2020, and after a few sporadic appearances in the following months, Murphy was released from WWE in June of 2021.
Known as Buddy Matthews after his release from the WWE, the Australian star has competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling, MLW, and various independent promotions, never giving a clear indication of where he may find a permanent home.
However, according to a new report from Fightful Select, the former NXT Tag Team Champion may be on his way to All Elite Wrestling. The report states that he’s been a free agent since about September of 2021, and sources within AEW have heard increased talk of bringing him in. Some sources have heard about creative pitches being made for the star, with one source even stating that creative is already decided, though Fightful has not confirmed this to be the case.
The report also states that some AEW talent have been told that the working plan is to bring Buddy Matthews into the company, talk of which has been going on since January.
The former Buddy Murphy teased an AEW appearance in October 2021
While he has not yet appeared for AEW, Matthews did tease on social media that he may be the Joker in a Casino Ladder Match back in October, though the star eventually deleted the tweet.
Jokers have often been surprises in Casino matches in AEW whether it be Casino Ladder Matches or Casino Battle Royales. At Double Or Nothing in 2020, Brian Cage made his AEW debut in a Casino Ladder Match and claimed victory, going on to challenge Jon Moxley for the AEW World Title.