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Rumors on Braun Strowman-Impact, Chad Gable-AEW, Rey Mysterio's WWE Medical Status

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVOctober 4, 2021

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Bleacher Report catches you up on the latest news from the WWE Universe.


Braun Strowman Drawing Interest From Impact Wrestling

Adam Scherr, who used the Strowman moniker during a nine-year run in WWE, hinted Sunday he's now free to sign with any promotion after being released by WWE in early June.

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Fightful Select reported (via Kellie Haulotte of Wrestling Inc.) that Impact Wrestling is "heavily interested" in the 6'8'', 385-pound star and noted "company officials believe they are going to be able to sign" him in the near future.

Scherr was pushed into the main event scene on multiple occasions during his WWE run, but he only captured one of the company's top titles once, when he defeated Goldberg at WrestleMania 36 in 2020 to win the Universal Championship.

He dropped the belt at that year's SummerSlam after a nondescript title reign. While he'd made some strides as an in-ring performer and utilized his size to successfully portray himself as a "monster among men," he lacked the promo skills to become one of WWE's biggest performers.

It wouldn't be a surprise if he ultimately takes a path similar to Drew McIntyre, who was released by WWE in June 2014. McIntyre made several stops with other promotions, including TNA, and refined his craft enough to earn another shot with WWE in 2017. He's since emerged as one of the company's top Superstars.

If Scherr can improve his work on the mic, he could be a major asset for WWE or AEW. A stop with Impact would be a solid landing spot in the short term.

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Friends Urging Chad Gable to Make AEW Jump

Gable is one of the most technically strong wrestlers in the business, but he hasn't been featured prominently in WWE since making his debut in 2014 following a decorated amateur wrestling career.

The 35-year-old Minnesota native had a couple promising tag team title runs alongside Jason Jordan on both NXT and SmackDown, but it never led to something bigger. He's kind of been lost in the shuffle lately and could benefit from his recent move to Raw in the WWE draft.

People around him apparently have other ideas to help his career go to the next level, though.

Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio reported (via Joshua Gagnon of Wrestling Inc.) Gable's friends "really want him to sign with AEW as it would likely be a good fit for him."

A lot of former WWE wrestlers have landed in AEW, including CM Punk, Bryan Danielson and Christian Cage among countless others, and they've been given the creative freedom to get back to their roots away from the more structured WWE environment.

The one concern is that if the AEW roster becomes overcrowded with the infusion of high-profile signings, it could lead to similar issues of wrestlers being reduced to limited roles because there's a finite amount of television time to feature a growing number of marquee storylines.

It's unclear how much time Gable has left on his contract, but if his move to Raw alongside current tag partner Otis doesn't spark a move up the card, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him explore other opportunities in the future.


Rey Mysterio Unavailable Because of Medical Issue

Mysterio has continued to appear on WWE programming in recent months alongside his son, Dominik, but he hasn't had a televised singles match since Aug. 20 against Jey Uso. He's been mostly restricted to large-scale tag matches at non-televised live events, according to the Internet Wrestling Database.

Fightful Select reported (via Felix Upton of Ringside News) that Mysterio has been dealing with a health issue that kept him out of this weekend's house shows.

"As of Friday night, Rey Mysterio was sidelined for an undisclosed medical reason and would no longer be able to perform at the Saturday night live event where he was scheduled to face Roman Reigns," the report stated.

No timetable was given for how long the 46-year-old legend will be unavailable.

His "passing of the torch" storyline with Dominik has been a slow burn, but it'd be intriguing if they ultimately face off at one of WWE's biggest events—perhaps next year's WrestleMania.

As for the long-term outlook, Mysterio is a virtual lock to eventually earn his rightful spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.

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