Emma's surprise return to WWE on SmackDown Friday might be the latest instance of a wrestler making their way back to the company, but it certainly won't be the last.
And it looks like WWE already has designs on at least one former superstar to bring back.
Fightful Select reports that WWE is interested in bringing back "several" women who previously worked for the company, with one specific name being mentioned as Nixon Newell, the former Tegan Nox. WWE released Newell in November 2021 after a disappointing main roster run that saw her called up that summer and paired with Shotzi, then drafted to Raw three months later, though she never appeared on the red brand before she was let go.
Since her release, the 27-year-old Newell has not wrestled a single match. She told Fightful previously that she was experiencing visa issues. However, Fightful did confirm with WWE sources that the industry leader has interest in Newell.
Newell's time with WWE was marred by several injuries. She was slated to compete in the first Mae Young Classic in 2017 but tore her ACL before it began. She competed in the 2018 tournament but tore her other ACL during a quarterfinal match against Rhea Ripley. As Tegan Nox, she competed in NXT from 2019 to 2021, though she missed several months due to another torn ACL.
During the past three months, we've seen the women's rosters on Raw and SmackDown grow with the rehiring, debuts or returns from injury of more than a half-dozen wrestlers, including Bayley, Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky, Zelina Vega and Candice LeRae.
Bringing another like Newell back would add depth and give the Girl with the Shiniest Wizard another chance at redemption after an abandoned main roster run last year.