WWE reportedly contacted three names before they signed with AEW

According to Fightful Select, WWE contacted Matt Taven, Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis-Bennett (The Kingdom) prior them signing with AEW.

The Kingdom, debuted at the close of the October 14 episode of AEW Rampage. Prior to signing with AEW, Taven and the Bennett’s had a nine month run in IMPACT Wrestling as part of the anti-ROH Honor No More faction. Matt Taven and Mike Bennett had a short run as the IMPACT World Tag Team Titles prior to their exit from the company.

The Bennett’s had a previous run in WWE. They were both released back on April 15, 2020 as part of COVID-19 budget cuts.