Following our report in September that the former World of Sport and Love Island star was close to signing with WWE, sources close to Inside The Ropes have suggested Maxted is likely to appear at NXT UK tapings in March ahead of his debut at the BT Sport Studios.
Back in September, we were told that Maxted was close to signing, but had not been in attendance at NXT UK tapings since the brand resumed operations. Several other names included in our report have since signed and/or debuted – including Sha Samuels, Aleah James, and Tony Gill. We reported that another prominent talent from the UK indie scene was also at the tapings, with Rampage Brown and Ben Carter both debuting thereafter.
At this time, we’re told ‘Flex’ has not officially put pen to paper, thus his appearance is not set in stone just yet, but that a contract with the company is on the horizon and that the 28-year-old is likely to officially join the brand very soon.
The athletic Northern Irishman stands at 6ft3, and has worked with several prominent companies in the UK, including Insane Championship Wrestling – and is widely praised for having one of the best dropkicks in the business.
This week, Dave Meltzer noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Maxted will soon be joining the NXT UK brand alongside Millie McKenzie, whose signing was reported this week by Alex McCarthy of TalkSPORT.
Back in June, Maxted opened up to TalkSPORT about his progression in wrestling, and how he’s managed to change perceptions from getting his repetitions in on the British wrestling scene.
“At the start of my career, it was just ‘Ah, Adam Maxted. That guy from Love Island.’ I feel like I am now starting to earn people’s respect and I am changing opinions. But even the negative opinions – and I still get them sometimes – I just use them as motivation to prove people wrong and every show that I have in the UK, I have the mentality that there could be just one fan that hasn’t seen me live before and I could change their mind.
“I always believe through the hard work and training back in Ireland that I would have broken into the UK scene, but obviously using a show like Love Island, probably the biggest reality TV show in the UK, it just sped everything up for me. I’m just proud that things are starting to change. It just sucks the pandemic has happened when it has because I was on a roll and building some momentum.”