Last year, WWE released numerous NXT and 205 Live talents, which included Tony Nese back in June. Fans were disappointed with this release, as they saw a bright future for Nese. He then went on to join AEW, and he ended up signing a deal just 30 minutes before his debut.

Tony Nese signed contract with AEW last year and fans couldn’t wait to see what he could accomplish in the company. He made his in-ring debut on the November 3 episode of AEW Dark.

While speaking on AEW Unrestricted, Tony Nese went into detail regarding his debut in AEW and the background behind it. Nese revealed that he signed a contract just 30 minutes before his debut.

That was a crazy day. I was showing up to meet Tony (Khan), to say hi, we were locals in Orlando. I was there to meet everyone, see if I could talk to Tony and stuff. I was standing outside of his office, just talking to a bunch of people, Adam Cole and a couple of others. He walks out, ‘Hey Tony, how are you doing? I’m a big fan. Literally, five minutes later, he’s like, do you want to sit out in the crowd?’ I took a step back and was, ‘You want me to be a fan? What’s going on? You want me to fill seats?’ I was super confused. ‘No, we’re going to put you out there, we’re going to make a big deal out of it, what’s Tony Nese doing here?’ Okay, great, I thought I was just here to hang out and talk to everyone.


Minutes after that, they pulled me aside and talked to me, we talked out a deal and it literally was like 30 minutes before. ‘We’re going to put you out there and you’re going to sit out there the whole show.’ I sat out there. Luckily, nothing bad came out of this, but Lance Archer had an accident and for some reason, the truck’s first intention was to shoot Tony Nese. I see the red light and camera and go, ‘Oh no.’ I had so many options, I could make a face, maybe that’s a meme and everyone laughs, but in my head, I don’t know the severity of the situation, so the last thing I want to do is make something about me and all of a sudden we find out that someone is badly injured. Literally, I was like, ‘I have no idea what to do.’ I’m staring off in the distance, ‘Someone, please make that red light go away,

Nese has not been doing anything significant as of late. He is currently partnering up with Josh Woods as the Warsity Athletes. We’ll have to see if Tony Nese will ever get a push again in AEW or not.

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