Kyle O’Reilly’s contract with WWE has reportedly expired meaning that he is now a free agent.
On December 6th it was reported that both Johnny Gargano and Kyle O’Reilly would be leaving NXT in the very near future. Ahead of WarGames, Gargano signed a short-term extension to enable him to compete at the event, but on December 10th it was noted that the deal had expired and the former NXT Champion was now a free agent.
A new report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider has now appeared to confirm that O’Reilly is also a free agent. It had earlier been suggested that both men were offered multi-year deals but chose to turn them down.
Kyle O’Reilly signed with WWE in the summer of 2017 alongside Bobby Fish and Adam Cole. The Undisputed ERA as the team would go on to be known, stood tall over NXT until early 2021 when Cole betrayed O’Reilly attacking him at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day. The pair then embarked on a three match series which saw them compete in an unsanctioned match at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, a singles match at The Great American Bash and Two Out Of Three Falls Match at NXT TakeOver: 36.
After their third and final bout in August, Cole left the company to join AEW. Ironically, Cole had earlier signed a short-term extension to complete the trilogy. While there has been no official word on where Kyle O’Reilly will end up, speculation persists regarding a move to AEW with both of his former partners, Adam Cole and Bobby Fish, now signed to the promotion.
Johnny Gargano enjoyed one final moment in the ring with his friend and rival Tommaso Ciampa on the December 7th episode of NXT, participating in a “curtain call” symbolically ending the ‘Black and Gold era’ of the brand.