The Butcher & The Blade have been with AEW since the inception of the promotion in 2019, but the duo almost signed with ROH prior to their arrival in Tony Khan’s company.
Butcher appeared on the Punch-Out podcast and revealed that he and his partner nearly signed with ROH in 2019 before show cancellations made them reconsider. He said,
“We had gotten offers from ROH to come in and win the trios belts with Tyler Bateman. And that was two weeks before we got the AEW offer. It was supposed to be us three vs. Brody King, Marty Scurll, and the Frankenstein guy, PCO. We were supposed to come in, beat those guys, win the 6-Man titles. ROH had sent us contract offers.”
“But then the shows that they had offered us had gotten canceled. And I was like, ‘This is bad, man.’ I remember telling Jess, ‘This is an omen, man. We’ve got to run from this. This is a bad sign.’ And we did, we stuck to our guns, didn’t sign anything. And I remember being at the gym … and getting a call from Cody, asking if we wanted to come in and do AEW. It blew my mind.”
The Butcher & The Blade debuted for AEW on the November 27, 2019, episode of Dynamite.