Former WWE superstar Buddy Murphy has made reference to a protentional future for himself following his release by WWE, hinting that he may appear on AEW Dynamite in the Casino Battle Royale.
Murphy was part of a raft of cuts by WWE in June 2021, which also included the likes of Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, and Ruby Riott. The latter names on that list are now part of AEW, known as Malakai Black and Ruby Soho.
Looking to move on from his release, Murphy has renamed himself Buddy Matthews and has released a number of vignettes to hint at where his next destination may be.
AEW have confirmed the return of one of its signature matches, the Casino Ladder Match, will take place in Philadelphia on the 6th October episode of Dynamite. The winner of the match will earn a title shot at the AEW World Championship, currently held by Kenny Omega. On this past Friday’s edition of Dynamite, six of the seven competitors were confirmed for the match – with the last participant being left as the joker.
The list of stars already confirmed for the Casino Ladder Match gives an impressive array of AEW talent. The names confirmed so far are PAC, Orange Cassidy, Matt Hardy, Andrade El Idolo, Jon Moxley, and Lance Archer.
In recent weeks, Matt Hardy seems to have been making a beeline for ‘Freshly Squeezed’ Orange Cassidy. In his most recent match, Cassidy defeated Jack Evans on AEW: Rampage in a Hair vs. Hair match.
There is little introduction needed if you’re an AEW (or elsewhere) fan for the rivalry between Jon Moxley and Lance Archer. The rivalry has escalated in recent weeks, with Archer working with Minoru Suzuki and former AEW Champion Mox in turn bringing in Homicide.
With the Casino Ladder Match having all but one competitor confirmed Buddy Murphy posted a tweet, which has since been deleted but could easily be interpreted as him being part of the match.
The joker in an AEW match is very often a key spot for future development within the company. For example, Brian Cage won the Casino Battle Royale at Double Or Nothing 2020, going on to win the match and get a shot at Jon Moxley, who was AEW Champion at the time.