A month after being released by WWE, Cole Karter returned to AEW at Saturday's Universal Studios Dark tapings in Orlando, Florida.
The former Troy "Two Dimes" Donovan in WWE NXT competed in the first set of tapings, defeating Mike Orlando.
Karter (real name Cole McKinney) wrestled nine times for AEW in 2021 in a variety of singles, tag team and trios matches. Today's win was his first.
Part of The D'Angelo Family along with Tony D'Angelo and Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo in NXT, Karter was released on June 11th due to what Dave Meltzer called a policy issue. Karter was told he could be brought back in a year.
While Karter never specified what the issue was, he tweeted a thanks the next day and said that "Mistakes happen and lessons are learned."
He was signed to WWE in March of this year after 18 months on the indie scene.
Saturday marked his first match since being released. He will also work for IWC in Washington, Pennsylvania, on Sunday.