As we have already mentioned, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted on Twitter recently that WWE was reaching out to “lots of 40+ year old guys” to return to fill out the roster for the upcoming WWE brand split. According to a new report by Forbes, four names that have been contacted so far include Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio and Goldberg.
The report goes on to say that WWE wants to bring Angle back to Smackdown, and that there have been talks of using him with NXT tag team American Alpha. Other names WWE is apparently interested in include Carlito, John Morrison, JTG, Shad Gaspard and Shelton Benjamin.
While Forbes is generally a credible source for information, take this report with a grain of salt until it is confirmed by additional sources. While it does happen in wrestling, generally through “unofficial” channels, WWE may not even be able to legally reach out to Hardy and Mysterio, who are currently under exclusive contracts with TNA and Lucha Underground, respectively.
We have reached out to WWE and several of the wrestlers listed for comment, and will update Wrestlezone with any information we can.