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Producer Still With WWE Despite AEW Appearance

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A WWE producer has remained with the company despite making a surprise appearance at a recent AEW Dark taping.

Ariya Daivari initially signed with WWE in 2016 and went on to become a mainstay of 205 Live for the next five years, feuding with the likes of Tony Nese and Oney Lorcan. However, after failing to capture the Cruiserweight Championship during his run, Daivari was released in June 2021.

Following his departure he appeared in AEW before the end of the year, where he was defeated by Dante Martin on an episode of Rampage.

However, in April 2022 it was reported that Daivari had returned to WWE alongside Curtis Axel as a producer, and he has been working with the company ever since. Although the story recently took a surprise twist as Daivari appeared the June 11th AEW Dark tapings, just one day after producing a match for SmackDown.

Despite this little excursion across wrestling’s great divide, it has been reported by Fightful Select that Daivari is still working as a producer with WWE on a trial basis.

Ariya Daivari’s return to AEW saw him wrestle someone making their debut for the company, former IMPACT Wrestling star Caleb Konley. Former IMPACT star Jake Something and former NXT North American Champion Leon Ruff were also part of the tapings with matches airing as part of Dark and Elevation on YouTube in the coming weeks.