WWE has a lot of talent that isn’t being used right now due to them not touring as a result of the COVID-19.
WWE has worked with the likes of ECW and EVOLVE in the past. Now, they are trying to make a partnership with MLW.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE doesn’t like the rep that it doesn’t work with anyone in the modern wrestling world.
The report noted WWE is “in talks with MLW and it’s along the lines of the old Evolve deal or to a degree the 90s ECW deal.” The idea is to get NXT talent who aren’t working on TV right now to get some work. There is also the idea that it creates their own Evolve-like group as a weekly streaming show.
Meltzer noted, “this would allow the guys to work on actual television and get more exposure than on Peacock and also seem like they are changing and modernizing.”
It would also help out the frustration among talent not being used. It was added that this idea of people seeing AEW having working relationships with the likes of NJPW, Impact Wrestling, and AAA would make it seem as if “WWE is not set in its old ways and uncooperative in the real world.”
It will be interesting to see whether this actually works out. It should be noted that MLW CEO Court Bauer did work on the creative team in WWE in the mid-2000s.