During the summer, All Elite Wrestling dealt with a number of spoilers from taped shows leaking on Reddit. One of the major spoilers was Eric Bischoff working with the company, hosting a debate between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy during AEW Dynamite.
Chris Jericho spoke on the situation during his Saturday Night Special live stream, claiming a ‘NXT reject’ was the person behind the leaks, but did not mention any names.
“For example, when we had the debate and Eric Bischoff, and it was announced on Reddit. We know who the spy is by the way, oh we know, and he’ll never be back in f*ckin AEW. NXT reject was the spy, so print that!”
Following the leak of Eric Bischoff’s appearance, the Reddit user continued to post spoilers, up until 8/29, when AEW Dark taping results were leaked. These spoilers were revealed a week after Jericho called the leaker an “NXT reject”.
Fightful Select (subscription required) has gained some insight on the situation, revealing former WWE NXT wrestler Tino Sabbatelli was blamed for leaking AEW spoilers. It’s not known if he was actually leaking information, but people backstage at AEW believe he is culprit.
Sabbatelli was released from WWE as part of company wide cuts this past April, but has since returned. The report indicates he was listed internally as being part of the talent scheduled to be at the WWE Performance Center. It’s unknown if WWE has signed him to a new deal.
Fightful was informed last week that Sabbattelli was listed internally as being scheduled to be at the venue, but that the sheet often has errors. However, Sabbatelli did end up showing up there.
Sabbatelli worked one match for All Elite Wrestling in July under the name ‘Sabby’, teaming with Brady Pierce against Best Friends. It’s unknown how many tapings he present at.