A number of ex-NXT Superstars have since returned to WWE, but Diamond Dallas Page has admitted to being shocked that one star, in particular, wasn’t signed by AEW.
Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque has brought back a number of cut NXT stars to the main roster since taking over as Head of Creative, including Johnny Gargano, Karrion Kross and Scarlett, and Hit Row. The first, however, was Dakota Kai, returning at SummerSlam alongside Bayley and IYO SKY.
WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page is shocked Dakota wasn’t signed to All Elite Wrestling, however, as he described on his DDP Snake Pit podcast. DDP spoke highly of Dakota, acknowledging how she’d worked hard while down in NXT:
“Now, when Dakota Kai, when that happened [the release], I was blown away that Tony Khan didn’t pick her up right away. Because she’s beautiful, she can work her a** off, she’d been in the business for a long time now, you know, and she spent a lot of time down there, I thought they were gonna bring her up [to the main roster] long before that.”
Dakota Kai was cut from WWE on 29 April, being one of the biggest NXT Superstars cut from the roster. Alongside her were the likes of Dexter Lumis, who has since returned to WWE as well, and Harland, who’s since signed with AEW as Parker Boudreaux.
Fightful Select noted shortly after her return that talks between Dakota and AEW never really picked up. Instead, several within WWE heavily believed her to be a priority Superstar for Triple H to bring back to WWE.