Buddy Matthews Debuts On AEW Dynamite, Aligns With House Of Black

The former Cruiserweight champion is All Elite

Buddy Matthews (formerly Buddy Murphy in WWE) made his AEW debut on Wednesday's Dynamite in Bridgeport, CT, attacking Pac and Penta El Zero Miedo on behalf of The House of Black.

Penta (in his alternate Dark Penta persona) and Pac had just defeated Malakai Black and Brody King in tag team action, when Penta pinned Black after preventing him from blowing the mist, before catching him with a front cradle.

After the match, House of Black beat Pac and Penta down. Black went to use a shovel that Penta had brought to the ring during his entrance, but the lights went out. When they came back on, Matthews stood on the corner, while Black fell to the mat, recoiling in apparent fear. After circling around Black, Matthews then turned and attacked Pac instead.

With Black barking out orders, Matthews ended the beatdown by giving Penta a surfboard curb stomp onto a steel chair.

Tony Khan confirmed Matthews' signing after the segment.

Matthews was released from WWE last June, on the same day as Black and fellow AEW star Ruby Soho. He reigned for six months as WWE Cruiserweight champion in 2018-19, and was also a Raw Tag Team champion with Seth Rollins.

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