It looks like AEW very nearly brought in another ex-WWE superstar earlier this month to challenge Wardlow, but those talks fell through.
W. Morrissey made his AEW debut on the May 4 edition of Dynamite as MJF's handpicked monster to take on Wardlow, but Mr. Mayhem overcame the former Big Cass and put him down with a powerbomb for the win.
Now, Fightful Select reports that Killer Kross was originally approached for that spot against Wardlow. Formerly Karrion Kross in WWE/NXT, the star and AEW couldn't come to terms and the appearance was scrubbed. The interest was piqued at ROH Supercard of Honor, when during the post-show scrum Tony Khan praised Kross and wife Scarlett Bordeaux's work and said he's open to working with them.
Fightful states that AEW approached Kross about a tentative plan to work the May 4 show, but things fell apart when it became obvious that Scarlett would not be part of the act. This harkened back to his disastrous WWE main roster debut rather than the NXT run that featured an elaborate, smoke-filled entrance with Bordeaux slinking about.
Kross was among the multitude of WWE releases late last year, getting the axe after a dismal main roster run that saw his entrance gutted and his valet absent, while he was forced to wear a Demolition-style helmet and what can only be described as studded suspenders. Worse, the then-NXT Champion lost his first match against Jeff Hardy in mere minutes, dooming him from the start. Attempts to rehab him were unsuccessful, and he was gone four months after debuting on Raw.
Since then, Kross has wrestled several independent dates for promotions such as Northeast Wrestling, Warrior Wrestling, New Japan, and yes, Control Your Narrative.
Fightful notes that it's believed that Kross and AEW are still on good terms and could do business down the line.