During the February 18th episode of IMPACT Wrestling on AXS TV, it was announced that Chris Bey has signed with the company. Bey is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada and began to make waves on the independent scene in Southern California competing for Bar Wrestling, Suburban Fight Pro Wrestling, Hoodslam and many more promotions along the West coast after moving from Virginia.
Chris Bey – Ultimate Finesser
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 19, 2020
AEW Co-Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes partook in a media brief on February 18th and stated that AEW were aware of Chris Bey and Bey being a prime example of someone who would be good for the company’s singles division.
Dating back to earlier this year, Cody did a Q&A session on Twitter and made mention of Chris Bey being someone who AEW could potentially bring in. During an interview with Sports Illustrated this past January, Bey stated that it was always his goal to compete on national television and he specifically made mention of WWE being a dream of his since he was child although he has done work for the sports-entertainment company on 205 Live.
“I’ve dreamed about WWE since I was three years old. Being able to wrestle Ariya Daivari on 205 Live in Vegas, and hearing a large portion of the crowd say my name, was incredible to me. Randy Orton was my favorite wrestler growing up, and I still remember him becoming World Heavyweight Champion at 24 years old. I’ll never forget thinking, ‘When I’m 24, I’m going to be great too.’ I will be 24 next month, and I want to make my 8-year-old me proud.”
Bey added that Cody mentioning him during the Q&A session meant a lot to him but it only made him want to push harder to be the best he can be. Just one month after that interview, Chris Bey has signed with IMPACT Wrestling and is being billed as the company’s “Ultimate Finesser”.
Scheduled for next week’s IMPACT is the return of ‘Gut Check’, RVD vs. Daga and match four of Michael Elgin and Eddie Edwards’ best of seven series with Elgin leading the series 2-1.