An AEW star has revealed how a WWE offer led to him signing with All Elite Wrestling.
The Acclaimed’s Anthony Bowens joined AEW in 2020 and has become popular thanks to his tag team with Max Caster.
Speaking on the LGBT Sport Podcast, Bowens talked about getting started in the company and interest from another promotion that has sought him years earlier.
“A couple years before that, I had interest from NXT/WWE. Then I didn’t hear from them. When my match with AEW aired, I heard from them the next day and they offered me a deal. Tony Khan caught wind of it and brought me down to Jacksonville, which ended up being the same thing that was happening to Max Caster. And Tony ended up pairing myself with Max Caster, he wanted us to be The Acclaimed.
“We went out and wrestled that night, and he offered us contracts when we came through the curtain. AEW, since it opened, was where I was looking, I switched my focus to it. I just really wanted to be here. So I took the opportunity and we ran with it.”
Anthony Bowens briefly did work for WWE NXT in 2016 when he worked a tag team squash with partner Jonathan Ortagun against The Authors of Pain. He was knocked out during the match when Ortagun was powerbombed on his head.
Bowens is currently out of action with a knee injury, but he still escorts Max Caster and The Gunn Club to the ring from his wheelchair.
Caster and The Gunn Club will face Ruffin It (Leon Ruffin & Bear Country) on this week’s AEW Rampage.
For the full spoilers for Friday’s show, click here.
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