A WWE star who returned to the company in December 2022 has revealed why they chose to return there instead of re-sign with NJPW.
Bronson Reed returned to WWE in December 2022 having been previously released in August 2021, embarking on a tour of Impact Wrestling and NJPW in between.
Reed appeared in NJPW under the ring name Jonah and made his debut at the November 2021 Battle in the Valley also working for Impact Wrestling.
Speaking on Out of Character with Ryan Satin, Reed explained that the NJPW chapter is at an end, feeling he has stamped his name in the company with a shock victory over Kazauchika Okada in the G1 Climax 32 tournament.
Discussing his reasons for heading back to WWE, Reed said:
“That chapter is shut, and now I’m back in WWE and I want to do the same thing. I want to come to WWE and wrestle guys like Bobby Lashley, maybe future world champions, and things like that. Stamp the Bronson Reed name here in WWE.”
He would also note that the criticism he’s received wherever he appears is a benchmark of his success in those companies.
Looking at where he sees his future in WWE, Reed stated:
“I got to ‘NXT,’ I had become North American Champion, but I never got to be on a ‘Raw’ or a ‘SmackDown’ or do any of the Premium Live Events like a Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, Backlash, any of those things.”
Bronson Reed defeated Johnny Gargano in a Steel Cage match on WWE NXT in May 2021 to becoming North American Champion.
In the WWE Draft, Reed was picked for WWE Raw, the brand he has been on since his return to the company in December 2022.
Here are results from the May 15 episode of WWE Raw:
Shinsuke Nakamura def. The Miz
It was announced Liv Morgan had suffered an injury and the scheduled Women’s Tag Team Championship match was cancelled
Mustafa Ali won a battle royal to become #1 contender for Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship at Night of Champions
Becky Lynch returned and cut a promo on Trish Stratus, challenging her to a match at Night of Champions
Dominik Mysterio def. Xavier Woods
As JD McDonagh left the arena after an interview, there was a tease of Finn Balor scouting him to recruit him for Judgment Day
Indus Sher (Sanga & Veer) def. two jobbers
Cody Rhodes promo on Brock Lesnar ahead of their Night of Champions match
Raquel Rodriguez def. Chelsea Green
Judgment Day (Finn Balor & Damian Priest) def. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn after interference from Imperium, which had been instigated by Paul Heyman doing deals with Judgment Day and Imperium earlier in the night
Transcript from Wrestling Inc.
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