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Potential WWE move delayed as top Impact Wrestling star signs short-term contract extension

WWE / Impact Wrestling

WWE / Impact Wrestling

The future for Impact Wrestling star Eli Drake remains in question, at least for a few more weeks.

According to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Drake has signed another short-term contract that will keep him with Impact Wrestling through July 31st.

The 35-year old has risen to be a top star in the promotion thanks, in part, to his promos. He has been wrestling since 2003 but only became well-known to fans during his run with Impact. Drake, real name Shaun Ricker, was in WWE's developmental system from 2006-2008 and again from 2013-2014 when he was known as Slate Randall. In 2013, he appeared on The Rock's TNT-reality show "The Hero."

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There is interest from WWE but any potential jump to NXT will have to wait at least until the end of July. Even if WWE were to sign him, he would likely not start until September because that is when they will announce their next group of signees at the Performance Center.