After turning down a big contract offer from WWE, Rhyno was expected to leave WWE after his current deal ended and move onto another promotion to take on more of an in-ring role once again.
An important tidbit that was dropped during Rhyno’s interview with Chris Van Vliet that took place in May was that despite wrestlers typically having to wait 90 days for their non-compete clause to expire, Rhyno would be under no such restriction when his deal ended.
At Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary pay-per-view, a masked-man who looked very much like Rhyno would come out and gore Michael Elgin before leaving the ring.
This likely indicates that Rhyno is back in Impact Wrestling, a company he worked with from 2005 until 2010 and again in 2014.
What’s interesting about this, however, is the fact that Rhyno himself states that his deal was set to expire on July 17 of 2019. His appearance at Slammivesary, however, came on July 7 and was nearly two weeks prior to his WWE deal’s expiration date.
It’s possible that WWE allowed Rhyno to take this opportunity and return to Impact in such a big spot. It’s also possible that the mask wasn’t just a gimmick but was there due to the original contractual obligations.
Either way, it’s good to see Rhyno get an opportunity like this in a company he’s been a part of in the past. There have been many significant changes to the company since his time in TNA/Impact Wrestling, though, and that familiarity will only take him so far.
As a veteran of the industry, though, Rhyno should be just fine as he returns to in-ring competition.
With Impact Wrestling, Rhyno’s name will likely be stylized as “Rhino” once again as he’s done in the past. The change being an “I” in place of the “Y” that he uses in WWE.