Alex Reynolds And John Silver Recall Being WWE Extras, Getting Offered Tryouts Following AEW Signing

John Silver and Alex Reynolds had a busy month in September and October 2019 when they made appearances on WWE and AEW television.

On the September 10 episode of WWE SmackDown, the duo teamed to take on Heavy Machinery. While they had done extra work for WWE previously and had seemingly cool on the idea of continuing down that road, they couldn't pass up the opportunity to work inside Madison Square Garden.

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"At the time, it was always cool doing extra work for WWE, but we had done it for so long. You know what to expect; you go in, get catering, maybe do something, maybe don't. It's uncomfortable, but when they were like 'it's at [Madison Square Garden],' yeah, we weren't passing that up. Earlier in the day, we had matches beforehand and we wrestled each other. They pulled us aside and said, 'it's you guys versus Heavy Machinery.' For Long Island guys, wrestling in Madison Square Garden, it's wild. I remember John elbowed me when the ring was dark like, 'this is pretty cool.' I looked around, looked where I was sitting at WrestleMania 20, and was like, 'Yeah, this is pretty cool,'" recalled Alex Reynolds on AEW Unrestricted.

Silver added, "I was looking where I was sitting when Kane and Gene Snitsky had their big feud. 'Wow, this is something."

When asked if they had ever been offered a contract by WWE, Silver replied, "After I signed [with AEW], they offered me a tryout."

Reynolds and Silver were reportedly signed by AEW in December 2019, though Chris Jericho noted that they signed full-time in July 2020.

Reynolds noted that a couple of days after the SmackDown match aired, they were contacted by AEW to work a show in Philadelphia in March. The duo lost to Proud-N-Powerful (Santana & Ortiz) at the event.

Elsewhere on the podcast, Reynolds discussed the scary spot where he was seemingly knocked out in a tag team match on Dynamite in October. You can find his full comments on the incident by clicking here.

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