Since the start of the year, AEW Dark has been a breeding ground for exciting, unheralded talent to catch the eye of fans on an international level.
Perhaps the biggest buzz was around Ben Carter, a British rookie trained by Seth Rollins who dazzled on Dark to the point where he was subject to interest from both AEW and WWE.
Strong rumours at the time suggested WWE won the race for his signature and that has now been officially confirmed as a vignette hyping his debut aired on NXT:UK.
I came to the states 4 and a half years ago as a kid with a dream.— Ben Carter (@bencarterbxb) December 17, 2020
I had no idea how I was gonna do it… but I knew exactly what I wanted.
That dream, it just came true.
I’m a WWE Superstar. @NXTUK pic.twitter.com/p84kuGa2a1
The Jersey born star will start on the brand very soon and could end up being the first star that NXT:UK will be able to consider fully home grown.
The brand, now filming shows out of BT Sports studios in London, has come back from its pandemic enforced hiatus with a bang. The highlights of its recent run being a global match of the year contender between WALTER and Ilja Dragunov and A-Kid’s somewhat surprising win in the Heritage Cup tournament.