AEW is always looking to add former WWE stars, as well as indie wrestlers, to their incredibly-stacked roster. The promotion recently offered a contract to a former WWE NXT performer, but that isn’t his only option.

Sean Sapp reported behind Fightful’s paywall that EJ Nduka (formerly known as Ezra Judge) is considering his options after he received a contract offer from AEW. Nduka took on Konosuke Takeshita during a recent AEW Dark taping.

EJ Nduka does have a standing contract offer, but that doesn’t seem to be his only option.

Fightful Select reported in early January that Nduka’s deal with Major League Wrestling was up as the calendar rolled over into 2023. Wrestling Observer reported several weeks ago that following Nduka’s appearance with All Elite Wrestling that a deal was offered by the promotion. We’ve been able to confirm that was the case, but not that the deal was accepted by Nduka. Instead, we’ve heard that he’s been evaluating his options.


Part of that evaluation has involved some contact with WWE, but we haven’t heard of what the extent of that contact is or was. James Kimball, who was helpful in reaching out to some prospects, was let go from the company and caused some adjustments to that aspect of things.

In addition, we’re told there has been heavy interest out of Mexico and Japan, with one Mexican company offering a contract.

EJ Nduka and Calvin Tankman dropped their MLW World Tag Team Championship to the Samoan Swat Team (Juicy Finau & Lance Anoa’i) at the MLW Blood & Thunder event in January. It remains to be seen if EJ Nduka will agree to AEW’s offer.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym. 

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