“Speedball” Mike Bailey Reveals Why WWE Deal Didn’t Work Out

“Speedball” Mike Bailey Reveals Why WWE Deal Didn’t Work Out

“Speedball” Mike Bailey is the latest guest on Talk Is Jericho. Bailey talked about his 5-star match with Will Ospreay, his years long ban from the United States for trying to work without a visa, and how he was also in discussions to sign with WWE. Bailey ended up signing with TNA in 2021, but he revealed he first accepted an offer to go to NXT. 

“January 2022 is when I debuted with TNA, with IMPACT then,” he told Chris Jericho. “But it was a long road, even then. When my ban came up, the day, I tweeted a little highlight video that I made, a little announcement my ban was ended and then that got a lot of attention and that got me talking to everyone. That got me signed with NXT for a couple months until they let me go without actually hiring me.”

Bailey continued: “After that video came out, I had already been talking with TNA, talked to some people from AEW, talked to NXT, got a bunch of offers and ended up taking the NXT one. Very excited to be there, they do the background check, they do the visa paperwork, that takes a couple months.”

“Just (a) couple days after I submit the visa paperwork, for this one, you have to go and do a whole career retrospective and all the articles with all your accolades, you have to gather that and send it in. So I worked on that for several weeks, sent it all in. Then I see they’re starting to release a lot of people in NXT.”

It turns out the company halted sending Bailey’s contract. Bailey explained: “They’re letting go of people and the person that had hired me, there was rumors that they had gotten released so I texted them and I was like, ‘Hey, is everything okay? Are we good?’ And they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, no problem. Contract’s in the mail. We’re sending it tomorrow’ and then the next day, I got an email saying, ‘Hey, due to new hiring guidelines, we’re gonna have to stop your hiring process.”

Listen to Bailey’s full Talk Is Jericho interview here

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