Robin Reid of Voices of Wrestling has released an update on the status of WWE recruitments in the UK that was discussed in the last episode of BritWres Roundtable, which also involved Oli Court and Arnold Furious. Reid has given more details about the three categories of fighters who have signed a contract with WWE where it is assured that there is a “blacklist” of companies where their stars would be prohibited from fighting. Those companies would be Rev Pro, Defiant Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling, MLW, Underground Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling (in the process).
After the wave of new contracts was known, several talents of NXT UK went to social networks to answer questions about their new agreements, the most revealing being Tyson T-Bone, who stated that there were “different individual circumstances for each fighter. ” For this reason, Reid has compiled information and published three levels with different individual characteristics.
Category 1 contracts
Wrestlers who have signed a full-time contract with WWE. These wrestlers can work for some independent companies, as long as they do not appear on television or on Video On Demand. There are some exceptions, such as EVOLVE, where several talents have recently appeared and have been recorded for WWN Live. As we previously reported, most of those participating in NXT TakeOver: Blackpool are currently at this level that includes the best-known stars such as Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, and Tyler Bate, Toni Storm, Zack Gibson, Jordan Devlin, and Joe Coffey, among others.
Contract Category 2
Wrestlers in this category can work in partner companies that offer VOD service, such as PROGRESS, ICW, wXw, Fight Club Pro, Attack! Pro Wrestling, Over the Top Wrestling and Futureshock. These fighters have a role in the weekly shows of NXT UK but most will not participate in TakeOver: Blackpool.
Category 3 contracts
Wrestlers in this category can fight around the world in any company that is not part of the ‘blacklist’ that we mentioned above and that would include the following companies: Rev Pro, Defiant Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling, MLW, Underground Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling. These fighters can appear on On Demand, except for the companies we have mentioned. The fighters of category 1 and 2 can not appear in these companies either.
In relation to this news, a few weeks ago it was reported that both PROGRESS and ICW were going to be broadcast on the WWE Network in early 2019. This update on contracts also indicates that EVOLVE and WXW will be broadcast on WWE Network later, although they have not been released. specified dates.