Big Update On Carlito's WWE Future

New details on Carlito's WWE future after his Royal Rumble 2021 comeback.

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Carlito says he doesn't know what his wrestling future holds after departing WWE following his Royal Rumble 2021 return.

Interviewed on the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast, the former Intercontinental Champion revealed that there were never any plans for a three-week trial or a producer's role, despite reports to the contrary, and that he was only there for the shortest of short terms:-

“Right now, I don’t know where I sit. There was never a trial or something to be a producer backstage or something. None of that was ever mentioned to me. All we talked about was the Rumble and RAW, and then after that, who knows?"

Despite this, Carlito is open to returning again someday:-

"I’d love to come back. It’s all in the air right now. I have no idea what’s next for me. I’m open to whatever ideas are out there. As long as it’s a good idea, I don’t mind. I know I’m a little long in the tooth now. What’s the saying? I got more years behind me than ahead of me. I like helping out the new talent and stuff. If somebody’s got a good idea, then I’m happy to hear it.”

A surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble, Carlito showed up on the following night's Raw as well, teaming with Jeff Hardy against Elias and Jaxson Ryker. He likened this to "old times: in WWE:-

“I found out the night before, right before I got on the airplane. They told me, ‘We’re gonna need you on RAW.’ So it’s like, ‘Alright, we’ll see what happens.’ Luckily, they gave me enough time before I left to make arrangements. Tagging with Jeff was like old times. It felt like the same again. I’m used to tagging Jeff. The new thing was working with the new guys, Elias and Ryker, [who] seem like good talented boys. It was good to get in there with the new guys and at the same time have one of my longtime buddies. Jeff and I, we go way back. To have him by my side was just another great experience to add to the Rumble.”

Carlito revealed he was "done" with WWE last week, having not appeared since 1 February.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.