Jonah, formerly known in WWE as Bronson Reed, was almost a sure bet to show up at Impact Wrestling’s Bound for Glory PPV. He was booked for the show, but then had immigration issues. While he thought he was Impact-bound, he received a phone call from Rocky Romero.
According to a report by Fightful Select, Romero reached out right after WWE released Jonah. He said that New Japan Pro Wrestling was interested in bringing him in. It worked out perfectly, as NJPW and Impact have a working relationship and Jonah can do both.
After he was released, Jonah reached out to WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels. HBK told him to make the company regret their decision. He’s yet to speak to Triple H but is hoping to make contact once his health improves.
Jonah finally debuted for Impact at the Turning Point PPV in late November. The Australian star has also been working for NJPW Strong, its United States arm. The non-exclusive nature and friendly relationship between NJPW and Impact have made it a dream situation.
After working his way through the Australian wrestling ranks, Jonah caught fire working for British promotions like Rev Pro and PROGRESS as well as Germany’s wXw and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in the United States. He signed with WWE in January of 2019. During his time in NXT, he became North American Champion.
Now, he’s having the best of both worlds. Untethered to an exclusive WWE contract, he is able to work for two well-respected promotions. Jonah truly is beginning to prove WWE wrong for their decision to release him.
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