Reports Of WWE ‘Hiring Freeze’ Said To Be False

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There are those who believe that WWE had a “hiring freeze” in 2023, but a new report suggests that’s false.

A phrase that has come up many times this year regarding World Wrestling Entertainment is a “hiring freeze.” It is something that Fightful Select has reported on in the past noting that because of WWE being acquired by Endeavor back in April 2023, there has been a reluctance to bring in new wrestlers.

In late April, it was reported by Fightful that even though there was a hiring freeze of sorts, WWE was still talking to free agents about working for the company.

Nick Aldis is a name that has been mentioned throughout this year as a coveted free agent in pro wrestling. His contract with the NWA expired in late 2022, which led to Aldis becoming a free agent in early 2023.

Earlier this week, it was reported that WWE had an interest in bringing in Aldis potentially as a Producer although earlier this year there was interest from WWE in hiring Aldis as a wrestler too.

Aldis returned to IMPACT Wrestling over the last four months and main evented Slammiversary this past Saturday night. Aldis lost the IMPACT World Title match against Alex Shelley. The next day, Aldis wrestled another match that will air next week on IMPACT as his departure from the company. Aldis is a free agent again.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter shut down the idea that World Wrestling Entertainment has a hiring freeze going on right now.

“(Nick) Aldis had been in talks with WWE before coming to Impact. WWE, which while talks about a hiring freeze aren’t true, has not been hiring many new people. We were told if, just as a name, that if Kenny Omega was a free agent and he wanted to come it’s not like he couldn’t or anyone who could come in and the belief was make a difference.”

Another name rumored to be signing with WWE recently is Carlito, who is coming back to the company and apparently did medical testing recently.