UPDATE 16 JAN - 8:30 AM GMT: Fightful Select reports that Corino is, indeed, heading to WWE. The market leaders had been unable to legally reach out to the 26-year-old until his NWA contract had expired. No word yet on an exact start date for Colby, who wrestled Kevin Ku for Deadlock Pro Wrestling over the weekend.
With WWE always on the lookout for new talent - with an ongoing tryout this week featuring Kylie Rae and KC Navarro - Colby Corino is expected to sign with the market leader once his NWA contract expires at the turn of the year.
As per Bodyslam.net, the second-generation star's deal with the National Wrestling Alliance is up at the end of 2022, and he'll be a free agent as of 1 January. Corino will work today's NWA TV tapings, but then his focus will shift to WWE.
This report notes how WWE has strong interest in Colby, and the expectation is that he will spend some time at the WWE Performance Center once his current contract expires. Bodyslam notes how they've been told that the 26-year-old will be signed and assigned to NXT if all goes well during this time at the PC.
Of course, Colby Corino's father is former ECW World Champion and NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Steve Corino, who these days serves as a trainer and product for the NXT brand. Likewise, Colby's aunt is Allison Danger - who herself had a short spell working as an NXT coach - and his uncle is Ares, who at one point teamed with Claudio Castagnoli.
A Philadelphia native, Colby has been with the NWA since June 2021, and he's also competed for promotions such as Ring of Honor and GCW. The grappler technically made his in-ring debut back in 2001 at the age of just five years of age, teaming with his father to take on Don Montoya and Reckless Youth. Colby's singles debut would come five years later in 2006, picking up a W over the aforementioned Montoya.