Will Hobbs is one of many AEW stars who, at one point, had ties to WWE.
In the case of Hobbs, he took part in multiple tryouts at the WWE Performance Center, but was never signed by the company.
Speaking on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Hobbs recalled his best tryout and two other AEW stars who supported him.
"I did a couple of tryouts at the PC. Probably my best tryout was with Big Swole and Eddie Kingston. We were all together and we would cheer each other on and help each other out. Obviously, from that tryout, nothing happened from it. I did a little extra work in the Bay Area. I did a match against Baron Corbin, which went really well but nothing happened. It was a last minute thing. I was walking from catering and they approached me like, 'I need you to put on your gear.' I put on my gear, talked to Corbin, we probably had six or seven minutes to put it together and just 'boom,'" he recalled.
At his tryout, Hobbs recalled cutting an emotional promo about his brother, who was killed by gunfire.
"When I did my promo, someone yelled out, 'Now that's a promo!' I didn't want to give a wrestling promo like, 'I'm coming for you.' I just told a real life story, the story of my brother. He was supposed to be my partner in this thing. Unfortunately, things happened and he didn't make it. From what I was told, when you give a promo, you give that real feeling and you pull people in. It's all bout emotion," he said.
While Hobbs never joined WWE, he has found a home in AEW as part of Team Taz.
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