The former Buddy Murphy will face Brian Cage at an independent event on September 18 in his first post-WWE appearance.
Cage posted on Instagram that he would be facing Murphy at the 2300 Arena, the former ECW Arena, for Battleground Championship Wrestling.
“JUST ANNOUNCED!,” Cage wrote. “Murphy vs Machine. One of the hot matches I was looking fwd to since the slew of WWE releases. Bout to own the spotlight, have the match of the night and def get my s*** in! One helluva return to the ECW Arena.”
Murphy was released from his WWE contract on June 2, meaning the match will take place after his 90-day no compete expires. He had been with the WWE since 2013, working in NXT until he was called up in 2018. After a run as cruiserweight champion, he switched brands until being paired with Seth Rollins. The two later split, but Murphy only appeared on television sporadically after that, last being seen asking to reunite with Rollins.
Cage is the current FTW champion in All Elite Wrestling. He is scheduled to defend the title against Ricky Starks on this week’s Dynamite, the first night of Fyter Fest.
Other names scheduled for the BCW show include Matt Hardy, nZo, and the former Aiden English.