When SlamWrestling asked, “What could be next?!” when we ran the profile on third generation 16-year-old rising star Nick Wayne on Friday, we didn’t think it would all happen so quickly.

The feature, written by Shelby-Liza Ndumbi, got a lot of traction. Maybe someone noticed?

At the DEFY fifth anniversary show on Saturday night in Seattle, Washington, at Washington Hall, AEW superstar Darby Allin — who is from Seattle — came out after the main event, where Christopher Daniels retained the DEFY interim championship, beating Wayne.

“This, my friend, is an AEW contract,” said Allin, as the crowd cheered. “What do you say?”

Allin handed the microphone to Wayne, as a “Yes! Yes!” cheer erupted, followed by a “You deserve it!” chant.

Catching his breath, Wayne said, “Yes. F*** yes!”

And, since his is wrestling, show didn’t end there, and Shane “Swerve” Strickland came out after the presentation and warned Wayne that DEFY was his house.

Wayne is a third generation wrestler, as his father is the late Buddy Wayne, and his grandfather is Moondog Ed Moretti.

In 2021, Wayne did visit with AEW, so was on the company’s radar.

At 16 years old, Wayne is not of legal age to sign a contract, and it is only legal if a parent or guardian sign it as well.

Nick Wayne visits AEW in 2021. Twitter photo

Here are the results from the DEFY Fifth Anniversary show at Washington Hall on February 12, 2022:

  • Jonathan Gresham retained the ROH World Championship against Cody Chhun
  • In a ladder match, The Bollywood Boys (Harv & Gurv Sihra, the Singh brothers from WWE) defeated the Midnight Heat (Ricky Gibson and Eddie Pearl) for the Defy Tag Team titles
  • Trey Miguel kept the Impact X-Division title, defeating Titus Alexander and Guillermo Rosas in a three-way bout
  • Joey Janela & Schaff defeated West Coast Wrestling Crew (Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson).
  • Adam Ryder defeated Derek Shaw

The Bollywood Boys with their DEFY tag team titles. Facebook photo


TOP PHOTO: Darby Allin holds up an AEW contract for Nick Wayne. Twitter photo


Nick Wayne is 16 and headlining … what could be next?!