JONAH performed under the ring name Bronson Reed during his time in the WWE. The real-life Jermaine Haley defeated Johnny Gargano to win the North American Championship last year on NXT.
Unfortunately, WWE under Nick Khan’s leadership had no plans and place for the big man on their rebranded NXT 2.0 and Reed was released from the company on August 6, 2021. He is currently signed to New Japan Pro Wrestling and Impact Wrestling.
JONAH recently appeared on Sami Callihan’s Callihan Uncensored podcast to reflect on his time in NXT. He revealed WWE nixed plans for him to pay tribute to the late great Vader at a Halloween Havoc event.
“So no spoilers but, I am working on something of that same vein. If you watched my time in NXT, I did a tribute to Bam Bam Bigelow with the flames and stuff… and that’s still what I do now. But on Halloween Havoc, I was supposed to do a tribute to Vader.
“Right behind me is an actual Vader mask that his son sent me to wear. I was gonna wear that, and someone in NXT knew the whereabouts of the big helmet. I was ready to do it, but they nixed it a few weeks later.”
WWE are finally set to give Vader his rightful place in the Hall of Fame. The legendary wrestler will be inducted among others as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 on April 1 in Dallas, Texas. The HOF ceremony will being immediately following Friday Night SmackDown.
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