Matt Hardy teased the potential arrival of Ethan Carter III on Twitter as he recalled a time that the two of them fought back in TNA.
During the modern era this time of year has normally seen the ushering in of new stars to WWE. That trend has continued with the newest additions to the promotion's Performance Center in Candice LeRae, War Machine, and the exciting Ricochet. It is highly likely that there is more to come before WWE are done, however.
The time of year is no coincidence either. Not only is it WrestleMania season in WWE, but it is also at this time of year that the contracts in New Japan Pro Wrestling come to an end. The stars that seem to be waiting in the wings are not ones that have just finished up with New Japan, however, rather wrestlers who were last seen competing for Impact Wrestling. Those three stars are Rockstar Spud, Ethan Carter III, and Bobby Lashley.
While there has been nothing in the way of a confirmation that any of these three men will be imminently joining their universe, Matt Hardy recently dropped the biggest hint so far that EC3 is well on his way. Over the weekend Hardy posted a link to a video of a match he and Carter had two years ago, labeling EC3 a worthy adversary on the battlefield.
In another time, on another Plane, before my PRIMAL PASSENGER had #WOKEN, I had a BROBDINGNAGIAN RIVALRY with The 3rd Version of Carter.— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 21, 2018
I must admit.. I found him to be a WORTHY ADVERSARY on the Battlefield. @therealec3 https://t.co/xvjl2VBTdI
This isn't the only hint in the past week that Carter will be a WWE Superstar sooner rather than later. The former Impact Wrestling World Champion was booked to appear at an independent show on January 28th, the night of the Royal Rumble. However, it seems that EC3 has pulled out of the event with no explanation as to why. Could we see him appear in the Royal Rumble match on Sunday?
Whether Carter, Spud and Lashley appear in the next week or the next month it seems like their arrival is imminent. An already stacked roster in WWE is only going to continue growing and if the WWE careers of AJ Styles and Samoa Joe are anything to go by then their fellow Impact Wrestling alumni have a lot to be excited about.