Report: IMPACT Wrestling Making ‘Major Play’ For Buddy Murphy
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Buddy Murphy could be on his way to making an impact.
According to a report from Dave Meltzer in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, IMPACT Wrestling is making a “major play” for Buddy Murphy. It was noted by Meltzer that nothing is known about All Elite Wrestling’s level of interest in the former WWE star, but IMPACT is attempting to bring him into the fold once he’s available.
Murphy is currently waiting out his non-compete clause after being released by WWE in June. He recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet on INSIGHT and did say he was open to joining the promotion. In addition to naming Ring Of Honor as an option, Murphy spoke highly of IMPACT, noting that he’s friends with Sami Callihan and could see himself doing great work there.
“I’m excited for the possibility. I think I could do some great stuff in IMPACT, I’ve got friends there like Sami Callihan. I’m pretty sure I wrestled like 9 dark matches on NXT with Sami Callihan in a row. Ring of Honor, some of my guys and my friends from back home are with Ring of Honor. That excites me, being with some people that I used to ride the streets with in Australia. It’s exciting but it’s an unknown. I have just under 2 months left, so we’ll see what comes.”
Murphy is officially a free agent on August 31, which is when his non-compete clause will officially run out. He recently confirmed the August date in an interview with Fightful, explaining that WWE initially thought they’d made an error with his contract and believed he was only on a 30-day non-compete. Murphy then confirmed that his paperwork listed August 31 as his free agency date and added that this still allows him to get everything in order as far as his visa situation is concerned.