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Free Agent appears on WWE NXT this week

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In a stunning turn of events, Baron Corbin, a main roster regular, took a leap back to his roots, making a surprise appearance on WWE NXT. His sights? The NXT Championship held by Carmelo Hayes’‹.

A pivotal moment unfolded during the broadcast when Hayes had just defended his title against Noam Dar. Like a storm on a clear day, Corbin struck, delivering a punishing End of Days to Carmelo and raising the championship belt high, a clear declaration of his intentions’‹.

Corbin has been a mainstay on the WWE main roster since July 2016, featuring prominently in the revered Black and Gold era of NXT.

Baron Corbin WWE NXT Appearance

The former United States Champion, however, found himself in a unique position as a free agent following WWE’s 2023 Draft in April, with neither Raw nor SmackDown opting to sign him’‹.

The year 2023 hasn’t been kind to Corbin in the kayfabe realm. A losing streak on television and the dissolution of his onscreen partnership with manager JBL have marked a turbulent period for the wrestler.

Nonetheless, he continued to perform on both SmackDown and Raw as a “free agent.”’‹

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Meanwhile, another post-Draft “free agent”, Mustafa Ali, also made an unexpected NXT appearance.

He served as a commentator during the Wes Lee and Tyler Bate vs. The Dyad match, further stepping into the fray by saving the babyfaces from Joe Gacy post-match’‹’‹.

These recent developments have stirred the WWE landscape, hinting at exciting possibilities and thrilling rivalries. As the lines between main roster and NXT blur, the future of WWE is shaping up to be as unpredictable as ever.

Jake Skudder
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