AEW TNT Champion Wardlow has made an unexpected appearance at an indie show in Pennsylvania.
Prior to signing with AEW in 2019, Wardlow was making a name for himself on the independent wrestling scene.
During this time, he made appearances for the likes of American Revolution Wrestling, International Wrestling Cartel, and Revenge Pro Wrestling.
While in Revenge Pro, Mr. Mayhem was the first man to hold the promotion’s World Title. He held the title for two months before losing it to indie star Pretty Boy Smooth.
Soon after the loss, Wardlow made his AEW debut and quickly aligned himself with MJF, acting as his bodyguard.
The arrangement between the two worked well for over two years, but cracks in the alliance began to appear late in 2021. In March 2022, things degenerated completely when MJF slapped his ally.
However, Wardlow got his revenge by helping CM Punk defeat MJF at that year’s Revolution and officially splitting from him on the following episode of Dynamite.
Since then, the star has made waves as a singles star and in July 2022 defeated Scorpio Sky to capture his first singles title in the company, the TNT Championship.
However, the star has not forgotten his roots and on August 20th he gave Revenge Pro fans in Erie, Pennsylvania a huge surprise when he turned up at the promotion’s ‘Press Your Luck’ event to the delight of the audience.
While there, he quickly defeated ‘The Man Dime’ Elijah Dean with a mammoth Powerbomb.
this is nuts your honor pic.twitter.com/GzvzK6WErv
— maxx 🪦 (@K1NGSWITCH) August 21, 2022
This was not the first time Wardlow and Elijah Dean have come face to face as Mr Mayhem has met the star in AEW twice and on both occasions walked away with victory in under two minutes.