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By Mike Johnson on 2021-11-03 17:29:00

There's been a lot of talk internally about the future of NXT star Kyle O'Reilly as his current WWE contract is slated to expire next month.

O'Reilly is currently listed internally as the number two babyface for the NXT brand, behind Tommaso Ciampa.  Since the NXT 2.0 reboot, O'Reilly has been aligned with Von Wagner.

O'Reilly, 34, signed with WWE NXT in 2017 following a run with both Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling that saw him feud with Adam Cole over the ROH Championship as the two tag team partners rose through the ranks of ROH as the Future Shock tag team.  In NXT, O'Reilly was part of one of the best factions in the history of that brand, Undisputed Era, alongside Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong. 

O'Reilly held the NXT Tag Team titles on several occasions and after the implosion of Undisputed Era, he and Cole reprised their feud as a main event NXT attraction.

Cole and Fish have obviously migrated to AEW.  When asked by several weeks ago about whether he thought about a potential dream tag team partner in AEW for himself, Fish responded:

 "I don't know. It's hard to say. I look at a guy like Bryan [Danielson[ and Bryan and I are so similar and yet so different in a very similar way. I know as opponents, we have some chemistry there that I won't deny and that I'm very appreciative of. I don't know. Could it be the same in a tag situation? I'm sure at some point for Pro Wrestling NOAH, we may have tagged. I don't quite remember, but I guess off the top of my head I could kind of go there out of curiosity, but you bring up my tag experience in the past and I got to be honest, I don't know.   There's a certain dance partner who most people would equate me to, and it would be difficult to think of myself in a tag scenario long-term and not see that dance partner. So there's nobody in particular, but I mean I'd be up for a tag situation whatever is required of me. Like I'm just enjoying all of this and everything that AEW brings and the opportunities just keep presenting themselves and I got to thank Tony Khan for that. And I hope that they just keep coming. Whatever they are like, I'm ready to roll."

Obviously, O'Reilly could easily sign a new deal with WWE before his contract is up, but if not, he'll be a free agent able to command quite a lot of attention for himself among AEW, New Japan Pro Wrestling and other promotions.

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