Jeff Parker and Matt Lee of 2.0 have revealed that they were in talks with IMPACT Wrestling before they joined AEW.
Parker and Lee of 2.0 (Ever-Rise in WWE) signed with AEW last month, after being released by WWE in June. During a Q&A on their YouTube channel, the duo admitted that they loved their short run as free agents.
Stating that an IMPACT deal was on the table at one point, Parker and Lee said:
Lee: “‘Did IMPACT offer us a contract’?”
Parker: “Um, you know, we uh..”
Lee: “There was a deal on the table.”
Parker: “There was some talks. We had talks all over the place. Free agency was actually a lot of fun. It’s scary at first but it was a lot of fun.”
Explaining why they go by 2.0 in AEW, The former NXT talents said:
Lee: “The reason, truth be told, Tony Khan liked 2point0.”
Parker: “And another part of it too is like we went through so many different changes in a short amount of time. Like different names and all these kind of things so it’s just like you know what? Let’s just get back to us.”
Lee: “And that’s who we are. We’re 2point0.”
Parker and Lee notably wrestled Darby Allin and Sting in a tornado tag match on the August 18 edition of AEW Dynamite. The team have been picking up wins on AEW Dark in recent weeks.
Transcription via POST Wrestling.