PROGRESS Wrestling has provided an update on an AEW star who experienced a flight scare on their way home from their event in London.
As previously noted, AEW star Nick Wayne and his mother were involved in a flight scare following Wayne making his PROGRESS debut over the weekend.
In a statement from the company, they confirmed that Nick Wayne and his mother Shayna Edwards are now home safely in Seattle.
The promotion sent out the following press release:
PROGRESS Wrestling are delighted and relieved to hear that rising
star, and recent UK and European debutant Nick Wayne, and his
mother Shayna Edwards are safe and sound, and home in Seattle.
In an extraordinary and quite alarming incident, their return to the
USA was interrupted by a bomb scare and an alleged hoaxer putting
a note in the airplane bathroom to the effect that there was danger
The Condor pilot quite correctly took immediate action and diverted
the Seattle-bound plane to Keflavik in Iceland, with a then very
stressful 24 hours for both Nick, Shayna and the other 264
passengers on board.
Lee McAteer, co-owner of PROGRESS said, “We are so pleased to
hear that both Nick and his mother are safely home and can start to
relax after what had been a triumphant first trip to the UK.”
Nick has been widely tipped for stardom, and after a remarkable
start to his career with Defy Wrestling and GCW, had absolutely
shone on his debut with PROGRESS at their 24/7 show in an exciting
encounter with Robbie X. He and his mother had made many friends,
and Nick is due to return in September for a joint show with TNT
Extreme and GCW, with his finale at PROGRESS on their Handshakes
and Cheeseburgers show on Sunday 18 th September.
Shayna, who runs her late husband’s wrestling school, The Buddy
Wayne Wrestling Academy had said to the PROGRESS owners
Martyn Best and Lee McAteer, “After such a wonderful weekend,
and such an exciting one for Nick at being on one of his dream
promotions, we were then really shook up with what happened on
the plane. It was so unreal, and we are just so grateful that everyone
“We had a very scary six hours until the authorities were able to find
out what was really happening, and then it was a long wait to finally
board a plane back home.
“We really want to say such a big thank you to all our friends for your
kind thoughts and concerns for us – and PROGRESS guys, don’t
worry, we know this won’t happen every time that Nick comes over
to be with you.”
Martyn Best added, “We had to change Nick’s original opponent due
to a traditional flight issue delay, and the weekend had gone so well
with Nick having had a terrific fight on his UK, European and
PROGRESS debut. He had generated so much joy with everyone, and
we were very proud that he and Shayna had chosen PROGRESS to
make such a debut.
“Having bid them a fond adieu, it was really quite astonishing and
distressing for us to then hear about the trauma that followed, and
we are totally relived and happy that all ended well. We really look
forward to Nick and Shayna returning to both Liverpool and London
The 17-year old Wayne is considered a pro wrestling prodigy and became the youngest signee to All Elite Wrestling at the age of 16.
We wish all the best to Nick, his mother and all the other passengers affected by this very scary incident.
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