As we reported earlier this week, Impact Wrestling stars Abyss and Sonjay Dutt, who have a rich history with the company dating back to its inception, have left the promotion and are expected to be signing with WWE.
Abyss is an Impact Wrestling/TNA original, having signed with the company back in 2002, and was inducted into the Impact Hall of Fame back in 2018. As for Dutt, he is a former X-Division Champion, and was most recently working for Impact Wrestling on the creative team.
According to PWInsider Elite Audio, via 411Mania, Abyss and Sonjay Dutt are not expected to wrestle in WWE, and will be used in a behind-the-scenes capacity. Given their close relationship with Jeremy Borash, it’s possible the former Impact stars will be used to help expand the backstage creative team in NXT. Cagesideseats further speculates that Dutt could be involved in helping WWE launch a Performance Center in India.
In related news, F4WOnline reports former WWE star Shawn Daivari will be returning the company in a backstage role. Daivari had a brief run in Impact Wrestling from 2008-2009, winning the X-Division Championship under the ring name Sheik Abdul Bashir.
What’s Up With Velveteen Dream?
As noted, WWE NXT star Velveteen Dream issued a Tweet earlier this week claiming he would not be making any further appearances for WWE as a result of not being booked on the NXT Takeover Phoenix card.
According to PWInsider, Dream’s comments were indeed storyline related, as he appeared at the NXT live event on Thursday night in San Diego, and defeated Dominik Dijakovic in a singles match.
Rey Mysterio Makes Surprise NXT Debut
In related news, Thursday night’s NXT live event in San Diego saw a surprise appearance by hometown star Rey Mysterio. During the event, Kona Reeves cut an in-ring promo dissing San Diego, it’s former NFL team and more, and this brought out Mysterio, who hit Reeves with a 619.
The appearance marked the debut of Rey Mysterio in NXT, at an event which was headlined by Johnny Gargano defeating Aleister Black in a singles match, and Shayna Baszler defeating her NXT Takeover Phoenix opponent Bianca Belair in an NXT Women’s Title match.