Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE officials are in talks with MLW officials.
WWE does not like the reputation it has of not working with anyone in the modern pro wrestling world so they want to make a deal that would see MLW be what EVOLVE and ECW were for WWE in the past.
The idea is to give some of the NXT talent, who aren’t working, to have some work on TV. There is also the idea of WWE creating their own EVOLVE-like group as a weekly streaming show. This would also help out alleviating the frustration of so many talents who aren’t being used.
Speaking with John Pollock of POST Wrestling, Court Bauer commented on the reports.
“I’m not going to comment on that stuff, but it’s an interesting time in the world,” began Bauer. “There are a lot of things that haven’t been done since maybe the 70s with inter-promotional matches and stuff. We, of course, would be intrigued by it, but you have to look and see; what’s the long-term strategy, does it align with your goals, does it align with their goals, does it serve the fans, company and talent to the best of its ability or is it just a quick transactional thing and you’re just looking for the clout and headlines? For me, I look at this and go, ‘I’m not even done with my media rights deals. I know the evaluation of my company is only going to go up. I am not interested in selling. I’m not having any conversations about selling.’ That’s step one. Strategically, how does it mesh? What’s the upside and downside? That’s the stuff you evaluate and if so, you move forward. If not, the conversation disqualifies itself and you go in a different direction. We’ve had those conversations with other folks and we’ve had them with a lot of people. Some you’ll find it works better and it’s maybe a now or later conversation. Right now in wrestling, everything is fluid. The biggest goal I have right now is, how do I maximize awareness for the company so we’re not the best-kept secret in the game anymore? We know other promoters watch us and try to take our talent and ideas, but how do we get fans on a larger scale to know about us? That’s my focus now.”
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