WWE Wrestler Released, IMMEDIATELY Announced For AEW Dynamite

A quick turnaround for a WWE veteran who'd wanted out of the company for a while.

Jon Moxley Brian Kendrick

Brian Kendrick was announced as Jon Moxley's opponent for tonight's episode of AEW Dynamite less than an hour after it was confirmed the veteran had gained his WWE release.

Fightful Select reported that Kendrick was no longer contracted to WWE at 7:53 PM ET on Tuesday, following on from last week's news that the former Cruiserweight Champion had requested his release over a month ago. At 8:45 PM ET, Kendrick's Dynamite debut was announced, with AEW breaking the news the usual way:-

In their writeup, Fightful noted that the 42-year-old was expected to be at this week's Dynamite in Chicago, Illinois. They were correct.


While there is currently no word on whether or not Kendrick has been fully signed by AEW, this is a remarkably quick turnaround for a wrestler to jump from WWE to another company. Evidently, if Brian was released recently, he wasn't bound to any kind of non-compete clause.

Kendrick last wrestled for WWE in October 2020, when he worked a "semi-retirement" match ahead of transitioning into a producer's role. Despite this, he was brought back to television in December, working an NXT 2.0 angle with Joe Gacy and Harland that was never paid off.


In gaining his release, Kendrick became a free agent for the first time since 2015, when he returned to WWE as a Performance Center trainer.

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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.