Former Impact Wrestling star Gunner took to Twitter on May 25th with a tease that he is heading to NXT. Within the same tweet, Gunner admitted that he nearly retired, but worked hard to get the opportunity of possibly joining WWE. Here is his tweet below:
Gunner adds to the growing list of known names that could be heading to NXT at some point this year. NXT is definitely in a full-on signing mode with big names such as Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Donovan Dijak, and Lio Rush on their radar.
Gunner is a strong mid-carder WWE could use
While Gunner wasn’t in the main event scene of Impact Wrestling, he was a very solid mid card competitor with one reign with the TNA Television and Tag Team Championships during his tenure there. Gunner was also part of the major faction Immortal that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff formed. He was also part of Jeff Hardy’s TNA World Cup Winning team in 2015.
Gunner got his name from his duties of being a Marine machine gunner during the Iraq War. He would make his professional wrestling debut in 2001 and would go on to work for various indie promotions before signing with Impact Wrestling in 2010.
Gunner has been out of wrestling for two years, having his last match in TNA in April of 2015. In a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet of WSVN-TV, Gunner discussed hanging onto his WWE dream.
Gunner to be repackaged in WWE
If Gunner’s tweet is true, we can probably expect some sort of announcement over the next few weeks that he is officially signed to a deal. As for NXT, they have just wrapped up their first set of tapings after NXT Takeover: Chicago with the first of those episodes airing this Wednesday on the WWE Network.
It’s likely Gunner won’t be using his old name as it doesn’t really have that much equity built up with the casual WWE fan. Considering The Hardy’s recent battle over their TNA personas, it’s likely we’ll see Gunner repackaged in a new and exciting way. If he does join up with NXT he’ll be right at home with former Impact stars, Drew Galloway and Eric Young.
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