Matt Sydal is doing big things on the independent scene.

4 former WWE stars that could make a successful return

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The WWE have made a habit of bringing in some of the best talents from all over the world, ranging from Tyler Black, who they moulded into Seth Rollins and most recently the likes of AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.

They are brilliant decisions by the WWE because they’re able to give us some epic matches and create new stories we never thought we’d see; they also open the doors for more people to break through.

One thing the WWE are ridiculed for is that they release certain stars who go on to achieve great things, mainly because despite having the talent, they weren’t given the opportunities needed to shine. With the WWE open to bringing in some of the finest talents around, they may even consider bringing back a few former employees who have gone on to achieve great things on the independent scene.

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If they do decide to bring some of them in, here are the ones I believe could be huge additions to the roster.


Matt Sydal has managed to become a huge star on the independent circuit after his time as Evan Bourne came to an end in 2014 with the WWE. As Bourne, he wasn’t getting much success as he was used for high spots and was a Tag Team Champion as well but fans will mainly remember him for taking THAT RKO.

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The release is probably the best thing that could have happened to him, he’s been competing on Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling amongst other promotions, and he’s enjoying great success. He’s still an incredible high-flier, and he’s no improved on the microphone as well which is key.

Sydal is currently one-half of the IWGP Tag Team Champions with Ricochet, and the duo are creating waves over in Japan. He now looks the part as well; gone are his squeaky clean looks and if he was to return you can bet he won’t be going anywhere near the Tag Team Championships.


Drew Galloway was horribly misused in the WWE, going from the chosen one to a laughing stock in 3MB Drew McIntyre has been doing wonderfully without the company since being released.

Again, he now looks a whole lot better and looks like a champion which is great. He’s had some fantastic matches on the independent scene ranging from Biff Busick to Grado and it shows just how versatile he is. He seems to be ‘the man’ in every company he’s in and it comes as no surprise, the WWE didn’t use him to his advantages and they’re to blame.

He’s still young at 30-years-old and has improved in the ring after already being one of the best around, but it’s his microphone work which could help him achieve great things in the WWE once more. It won’t be too long before the WWE open their eyes and realise what a huge mistake they made.


This is a very interesting choice, who knew Derrick Bateman of the old NXT would go on to become one of the finest heels in all of wrestling? He didn’t even make it to the main roster but the WWE will be thinking they made a big mistake in not showing enough faith in someone who clearly has what it takes to succeed.

You can compare his loss to Paul Pogba leaving Manchester United and finding success at Juventus, nobody expected it to happen so soon and he hasn’t looked back since. You know he’s a special talent because he’s the only reason many tune into TNA nowadays. He is incredible on the microphone despite not being equally as brilliant inside of the ring but you often forget that.

The charisma is there, the microphone work is there, and he looks the part. He’s somebody the WWE will be keeping an eye out depending on how long TNA can stay on television, they’ve taken their talents before, and they won’t hesitate in taking their best again.


Johnny Mundo is the one I’d love to see back in the WWE more than anybody. John Morrison was one of the most reliable stars in the WWE because he was one of the best inside of the ring and looked incredible as well, it comes as no surprise that fans thought he had what it took to be a successful World Champion.

He too has been highly successful away from the WWE, he’s been involved with various wrestling promotions and has improved so much with his microphone skills and now has the charisma needed to succeed, something he may have lacked in the WWE.

He’s used to winning champions and it’s something he could do if he returned. He’s maintained his brilliant look and it’s no surprise why he’s the face of Lucha Underground. He was an underutilised talent who could add a wealth of experience to the WWE


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