A former WWE name believes “the door is open” with AEW.
Charly Arnolt, formerly known as Charly Caruso in WWE, was an on-screen personality for the company for several years.
Arnolt announced her departure from WWE in March 2021, and joined ESPN full-time. She recently left ESPN and joined OutKick in April 2023.
Speaking with Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald, Arnolt was asked whether it is safe to say she would not have ended up in WWE if she didn’t know Tony Khan. She answered:
“Yeah, absolutely. I don’t think I would have ended up in WWE because it was never on my radar. It was never on my radar to apply to WWE. I was a fan in middle school, but I hadn’t been a fan sense.”
“I was born in the traditional sports world, and that was the route I intended to go down. I simultaneously had a job offer to be a news anchor in Washington D.C. at a FOX-owned-and-operated station there.”
“I happened to also then get a job offer from WWE after the introduction. I made the introduction through the time I was backstage with Tony. So yeah, the way that happened was not intended, but it was a great opportunity. I’m so thankful to have had it.”
“In fact, Tony, since I got the job at OutKick, has already reached out to me and said he wants to be a guest on the show that’s launching this fall. So Tony is still a very close friend of mine, and love him to death.”
When asked if she ever had any discussions about possibly joining AEW, Arnolt replied:
“Oh yeah, absolutely. I think Tony has always left the door open there. I’ve been very just, and ESPN wasn’t so keen on letting me do other opportunities while I was under their roof. So yeah, potentially now.”
“But then there’s also the idea of Endeavor, who owns UFC, who I already work for, now owns WWE.”
“So listen, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some type of crossover happening with another wrestling company down the road. Who’s to say, right?”
This isn’t the first time that Arnolt has teased a potential move to All Elite Wrestling, stating such a thing almost two years ago when she first left WWE.
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