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With AEW already having several names out of action with various injury issues, Buddy Matthews has revealed that he’s currently dealing with a shoulder problem.

Taking to Instagram, the House of Black man detailed how he’s “dealing with a shoulder injury which limits a lot of my shoulder movements”. Matthews didn’t give any further details on the severity of the injury, when he picked it up, or if it’ll mean a spell on the sidelines.

As of this writing, AEW has CM Punk out with a broken foot, today saw it reported that Bryan Danielson “probably won’t wrestle for quite some time”, Adam Cole is generally banged up, Matt Hardy is dealing with knee issues, and Jeff Hardy was of course suspended without pay due to his latest DUI arrest.

That’s a lot of talent for any promotion to be unable to call upon, and now it remains to be seen just how bad Buddy Matthews’ shoulder problem is. The fact that he’s still able to lift weights, as shown in his Insta video, is hopefully a positive sign.

To circle back to Bryan Danielson, tonight’s AEW Dynamite will see the American Dragon discuss his status for AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door this Sunday and for Blood & Guts next Wednesday. As per Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Radio, the belief is that Danielson will miss both of these shows due to the unspecified issue that has kept him out of action since Double or Nothing last month.

Erick Redbeard (fka Erick Rowan) has returned to AEW and will be in action at Sunday’s Revolution pay-per-view.

Tonight’s AEW Rampage saw PAC, Penta Oscuro and Alex Abrahantes come to the ring. Despite not having Rey Fenix due to an injury, the Death Triangle group said they now have a third man and they want The House of Black at AEW Revolution. That brought out Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews and Brody King, who thought the third man was Abrahantes. As the brawl broke out, Abrahantes introduced the real third man – Redbeard.

Redbeard hit the ring and fought off security guards but The House of Black ended up escaping. It was then announced that the AEW Revolution Buy-In pre-show will feature The House of Black (King, Black, Matthews) vs. Death Triangle (PAC, Penta) and Redbeard. 

There’s no word on if Redbeard has signed with AEW, or if this is a quick appearance to fill in for Fenix, who suffered an injury during the January 5 Dynamite show, and is expected to be out for a few more weeks. Redbeard first appeared for AEW during the Brodie Lee Celebration of Life show on December 30, 2020, but he has not been back until now.

The 2022 AEW Revolution pay-per-view will take place this Sunday from the Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL. The show will begin at 7pm ET with The Buy-In pre-show, and then the main card will start at 8pm ET. 

When Buddy Murphy was released in June 2021, most fans believed it was only a matter of time before he landed in All Elite Wrestling and hopefully got the chance to shine that he never did in WWE.

Now that he’s landed in AEW, Fightful Select has a report on how the newcomer has been received by his new colleagues. It turns out Buddy Matthews had discussions with AEW as far back as the fall, but he only debuted last week. During that time, Matthews has competed for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Major League Wrestling, PWG, and Battleground Championship Wrestling, among other companies. IMPACT Wrestling had made overtures to Buddy, but he never appeared for them.

Fightful notes that sources in AEW said Matthews “made a good impression upon arriving” at Dynamite last week. One incident that set well with people occurred when he nixed a spot he had planned when he discovered it involved him using someone else’s finishing move. Considering the only distinctive move Matthews executed was a surfboard stomp onto a chair, it could be that he originally planned a Stomp on the chair, ala his former mentor Seth Rollins — but AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker uses the Curb Stomp as a finisher.

In case you missed it, Matthews appeared after the House of Black lost their first tag match and attacked PAC and Penta Oscuro, seemingly joining former rival Malakai Black. He stomped Penta onto the chair as part of the attack.

According to the Fightful report, several roster members knew Buddy was coming into the company and that he would join the House of Black as early as three weeks before he signed. Here’s hoping that Matthews, who dazzled during his few-and-far-between opportunities in WWE, gets a better opportunity to showcase his talent in AEW.

Buddy Matthews has signed with All Elite Wrestling, having debuted on last night’s episode of Dynamite.

House of Black leader Malakai Black had teased Matthews’ seemingly imminent arrival on the previous week’s show, suggesting to stablemate Brody King that a new ally was on the way. This came mere hours after a Fightful Select report noting that Matthews was likely AEW-bound.

The tease was paid off last night, following King and Black’s loss to Death Triangle members Penta Oscuro and PAC. The Kings of the Black Throne jumped their rivals afterwards. When the house lights came back up after a spell of darkness, Matthews was standing in the ring, and, after a pause long enough to bring his allegiances into question, unleashed violence upon the babyfaces.

Matthews closed the segment by stomping Penta’s face down on a steel chair at Black’s behest. Clearly, the former Buddy Murphy has been welcomed into the House of Black.

AEW president Tony Khan confirmed Matthews’ signing following the angle:

The 33-year-old has been a free agent since September 2021, when his 90-day non-compete clause expired following his WWE release that June. Now, he is off the market once more.

Former WWE Cruiserweight and RAW Tag Team Champion Buddy Matthews (fka Buddy Murphy) is reportedly headed to AEW, according to some of the wrestlers there.

Matthews was released from his WWE contract back on June 2, and has worked a number of indie dates, and bookings for promotions like MLW and NJPW since then, but Fightful Select now reports that Matthews is apparently headed to AEW.

Sources within AEW in recent weeks have indicated that there was growing interest in bringing Matthews in, as well as rumblings about Matthews joining the company in some capacity, with some even saying they heard that creative pitches were made, with another source going as far as saying that creative for Matthews’ debut had been decided on.

Furthermore, several AEW talents have reportedly been told that the working plan is to bring Matthews in, and that has been going around since January.

One of the many names released by WWE this year, the former Buddy Murphy will soon be making his New Japan Pro Wrestling debut.

Now going by the name Buddy Matthews, those in attendance at last night’s NJPW Strong taping reported that a video aired to announce Matthews will be debuting during the Battle in the Valley event that will take place in San Jose, California on 13 November.

Matthews has been a free agent for over a month now, with his WWE 90-day non-compete clause having expired on 31 August. The Australian was part of WWE’s 2 June round of mass releases. During his time in Vince McMahon’s sports entertainment juggernaut, the Best Kept Secret won the NXT Tag Team Titles, WWE Cruiserweight Championship, and had a run with Seth Rollins as the Raw Tag Champs.

Buddy’s last WWE match came on the pre-WrestleMania 37 edition of SmackDown, where he was an entrant in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Matthews has competed twice since his WWE non-compete expired, winning a triple threat PPW match against Facade and JT Dunn, then defeating KC Navaroo for Battleground Championship Wrestling last month.