As first reported by WrestlingInc, former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann was backstage at last night’s Impact tapings.
This isn’t the first time he’s been spotted at a well-known promotion since leaving WWE. Just a few weeks after his termination, Swann was spotted at Lucha Underground and has since wrestled for CZW.
The cruiserweight is known by many for his time in WWE, however, he spent many years touring the independent scene in promotions such as CZW, EVOLVE, and PWG, and had built up a reputation on the circuit.
After leaving WWE in February 2018, following his arrest on charges of battery and kidnapping/false imprisonment, Swann announced his retirement from professional wrestling. It appeared at the time, based on his Twitter activity, that Swann had found it difficult to get bookings following his arrest, however, he wrestled at CZW just a few weeks after announcing his retirement.
While it’s possible that Rich Swann was visiting the promotion with the intention of joining, it’s likely that he was visiting his wife and friends who currently work with the promotion.
There has been speculation among Impact fans on Twitter that Swann would show up to face Braxton Sutter as part of Su Yung’s ongoing story in the promotion – however, if Impact was to bring in the cruiserweight, they would likely keep him apart from his real-life wife in order to avoid any unwanted press.
If Swann was to join the promotion, he would initially join the X Division – Impacts longstanding version of the cruiserweight division. The X Division is packed full of talent, and given his recent arrest, Impact may not be interested in taking the risk.
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