Back in April 2021 Emilia McKenzie made her return to NXT UK, signing with the WWE following in the footsteps of her mentor, the current NXT UK Women’s Champion Meiko Satomura.
On the 7th of February Emilia McKenzie makes her return to UK independent scene competing for Catch Pro Wrestling at the Monday Night Catch:Pro, where she will challenge Lizzy Evo for the Catch Pro Wrestling’s Women’s Championship.
The announcement came last night via Catch Pro’s social media platforms;
It is rare for signed performers to make appearances for Independent promotions but it is not unheard of, although in most of these cases it usually involves a promotion with a working relationship, such as wXw Germany, Progress, ICW and former Evolve.
In 2018 most NXT UK talents signed new deals that prohibited them for working with Independent promotions that had a strong internet presence, this may have only been talents on the top tier of NXT UK. Some talent were still permitted to work with some promotions although there were certain restrictions such as only working shows that have a paramedic on site.
Lizzy Evo has become one of the top stars of the UK independent scene winning titles with several promotions across the UK as well as making appearances for Rev Pro UK and Progress Wrestling. Lizzy Evo has also been seen in backstage footage on recent NXT UK’s and photos did emerge of her working matches on NXT UK although none have aired as yet.
You can keep up to date with everything British and Euro Wrestling with out Tea and Tights: A Great British Podcast and their weekly Brit Wres Round Up;
Catch Pro Wrestling are a relatively new promotion based in Manchester, who ran their first show in January 2020 and had to wait 18 months to run their 2nd show due to Covid, leading to a UK lockdown they returned to action in July last year.
You can catch previous Catch Pro Wrestling shows via Powered 4 TV a UK based independent streaming service for UK wrestling promotions and more, featuring TNT Extreme Wrestling, Fight Nation Wrestling, Wrestle Island and many others.
Bodyslam have reached out to Catch Pro for further details.
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