A former WWE producer has confirmed that they are returning to the company, although their start date has been pushed back.
On August 22nd it was reported that Ryan Katz would be returning to WWE. Prior to being released by the company in January Katz had been an integral part of NXT for many years and had been praised for his role in the creative team.
The news came after Road Dogg who was also released by WWE in January was also brought back into the fold. Road Dogg’s return coincided with Jeff Jarrett leaving WWE and his post as Senior Vice President of Live Events despite only being in the role since May.
It has since been noted that Road Dogg will take over from Jarrett.
Speaking on the latest episode of the ‘Oh… You Didn’t Know’ podcast that he presents alongside Road Dogg, Katz confirmed that he would be returning WWE. Although he explained that his start date had been pushed back.
The following exchange confirmed the news on the show.
Road Dogg: I guess people figured out by now, you’re returning to World Wrestling Entertainment and kind of taking over your exact previous job. Talk to me a little about what that job is before I let you go.
Ryan Katz: It’s going to be interesting because I’m still trying to figure out if that’s exactly what I’m doing.
RD: Did you get a title or a billet or anything?
RK: Nothing is kind of official.
RD: Have you started yet, at least?
RK: I was supposed to start on Thursday [September 1], but it’s been pushed. We’ll see what happens. If people are wondering why I don’t respond to the questions or the stories out there, it’s because I’m still waiting to find out if it’s true too.
RD: The job you did before, I don’t know if you had a billet or a title, but you wore a ton of hats. I knew for a fact, when the regime changed, they’d have you back. The people who run the Performance Center valued you.”
Since September 2021 Shawn Michaels has been heading up NXT 2.0, a position he assumed after Triple H was forced to take a leave of absence due to ill-health. It was recently noted that Michaels has now been promoted to Vice President of Talent Development.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.