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Buddy Murphy’s first announced post-WWE match is against an AEW star

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Buddy Murphy (real name Matthew Adams) was released by WWE on June 2. Since the company didn’t cross their wires on his contract like they did with Malakai Black, he has the standard 90 day non-compete clause. That means he’s free to take bookings in September.

Lo and behold, that’s exactly what he’s doing!

Brian Cage started hyping his Sept. 18 match against Murphy on Instagram last night (July 12). The two will wrestle for Battleground Championship Wrestling in Philadephia on a card that is also set to feature Matt Hardy, nZo & Matthew Rehwoldt (the former Aiden English).

AEW has a liberal policy towards its contracted talent working non-televised independent shows, so don’t read too much into Murphy wrestling the current FTW champ. But the Australian is high on a lot of fans’ wish lists for Dynamite, so if you want to hope this a precursor - or a follow-up - to Murphy showing up on TNT this fall, we won’t hold it against you.