Dave Meltzer has shed further light on the ongoing confusion in the UK wrestling scene regarding where contracted NXT UK talent are able to work.
In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer gave a summary of the situation as relates to Japan’s top women’s promotion Stardom.
According to the report, WWE have permitted Stardom to use NXT UK talent, such as Toni Storm. However, the conditions are that WWE has to approve all of the dates ahead of time, they can pull talent at a moment’s notice and they cannot work against WOS or ROH contracted performers.
As a result, Stardom have seemingly opted against using any NXT UK talent going forward. The promotion does not want to seek WWE approval over bookings nor does it want to risk talent getting pulled at the last minute.
Meltzer also noted that Pro Wrestling: EVE based in London has the same restrictions imposed. That is why Storm’s recent match against Jordynne Grace was her last for the promotion. It is also why Jinny lost a loser leaves town match to Shotzi Blackheart.
It is also telling that Impact is not listed as one of the promotions talent cannot not work against. Evidence that this was not (yet) a problem came on recent PROGRESS and EVE shows where Toni Storm wrestled against Impact’s Jordynne Grace.
As ever, the rules on this appear to change on a day-to-day and promotion-to-promotion basis. There does not yet appear to be any hard and fast rule about who can work where and against whom.