The 8/26 episode of NXT on the USA Network will see the fallout from NXT TakeOver: XXX that concluded with Karrion Kross defeating Keith Lee to become NXT Champion. Per Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, the show will also feature former multi-time WWE Intercontinental Champion Stu Bennett on commentary.
Sources told the site that for now, this is just a one-time appearance and Bennett has not signed a deal to return to the company. Over the past several years, Bennett has done commentary for the World of Sport reboot on ITV and most recently, he was the commentator for the National Wrestling Alliance.
Bennett went on a press tour this Summer to promote the ‘I Am Vengeance: Retaliation’ film that he stars in and during that tour, he stated in several interviews that he was not aware of when the NWA would be running shows again. Bennett told POST Wrestling in an exclusive interview how fond he was of doing commentary and being more excited to call the action than being involved in it.
Bennett joined WWE in 2006 and stayed with the company until 2016 when he and the company agreed to an early release of his contract. This Wednesday will be Bennett’s first time back on WWE programming since his last run with the company.
In his interview recently with Chris Van Vliet he said that WWE asked him back for mania to do a Nexus angle (Can’t remember if it was this year or last) but he said no because he didn’t like the story. Point is, it shows that they have been talking and in contact. I always liked him, I’m interested to see how this goes.
Just on a total vanity sidenote - does my name pop up with the patron notice beside it on everyone else’s screen? I’ve been on the Patreon since day 1 and if it’s missing I just want to get that label attatched.