Former United States Champion Returning To WWE In A New Role

Kalisto WWE US Champion

Being let go by the WWE doesn’t mean that you can never return. Over the years, wrestling has seen numerous superstars return to the promotion despite receiving the dreaded “future endeavors” call.

Sometimes, they return as an in-ring talent, with notable examples of this including Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes and one-half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Dakota Kai. Other times, they will return in more of a backstage role, such as a producer or a coach, like Jamie Noble or Oney Lorcan.

This policy has clearly continued, because it looks as though another former WWE superstar has been welcomed back to the promotion under a backstage role.

Former WWE Regular Returns as Coach/Producer

According to Fightful Select, former United States Champion Kalisto was spotted at the WWE Performance Center recently. It is believed that Kalisto was helping out as a guest coach for the Performance Center’s trainees, as well as producing an NXT live event.

The luchador spent eight years of his career in WWE. During that time, he achieved a lot. While in NXT, Kalisto teamed up with Sin Cara to capture the NXT Tag Team Championships from the Ascension. The team would call themselves “The Lucha Dragons” and enjoy a successful run which earned them a call-up to the main roster.

On the main roster, Kalisto’s achievements continued. In 2016, he beat Alberto Del Rio to win the United States Championship, holding the belt for 119 days. The next year, he would strike gold again, this time defeating Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship. Following his title reigns, he would form a faction called “Lucha House Party” with Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado.

Kalisto has not been seen in the WWE since April 1st 2022, his last appearance being in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He was released on April 15th, returning to the independent scene under his original ring name “Samuray Del Sol.”

In his time away from WWE, he has wrestled one-off matches for several promotions such as AEW and Mexico’s AAA. With this latest report coming out, however, it looks like he may be returning to WWE sooner rather than later. Whether this will be strictly as a coach/producer, or as an in-ring performer too, is yet to be revealed.