Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher, the talented duo known as Aussie Open, recently disclosed that they had received offers from WWE before making the decision to join AEW.
At the beginning of the year, Davis and Fletcher were affiliated with NJPW, but in February, they became free agents, leaving fans speculating about their next career moves. Ultimately, in May, they committed to AEW on a full-time basis. This decision came after reports surfaced indicating that both AEW and WWE had expressed interest in signing the pair.
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During an appearance on Talk Is Jericho, Aussie Open reminisced about their departure from NJPW, confirming that there was indeed a point when they turned down offers from WWE. Mark Davis shared:
“We hit a point and hit a threshold where, we put the time in, we waited and committed to New Japan, we had offers from WWE to do NXT and NXT UK, that we refused, because we wanted to commit to doing New Japan, and it was a difficult struggle.”
Fletcher would add:
“The first time we spoke to them was 2019. It was when we were just gearing up for World Tag League. It was for a NXT UK deal.
“We were like, ‘We want to do this New Japan thing, maybe we can revisit it after that.’ That’s how it was left. The injury happens, COVID happens, the next time we spoke to them was this year when we talked to New Japan, they were saying ‘wait’ and we put feelers out everywhere and we had a little bit of a conversation.
“It didn’t get too deep, but there was interest there. The best situation was for us here. The talks didn’t get super deep.”
Transcription via Fightful.
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