The WWE could be recalling a former figure with reports that a Hall of Famer has quietly signed a new deal with the promotion.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Bret “The Hitman” Hart has signed a new deal with the WWE. This development, if true, also means that any plans of seeing the many-time WWE champion land in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) may be scorned.

Meltzer pointed out that if Hart is signing with the WWE, the contract is likely to bar him from appearing on AEW shows. However, that excludes Indie shows at independent events.

"The reason this is on an indie show and not AEW is that those in AEW are of the belief that Hart quietly signed a lucrative WWE deal that would ban him from appearing on AEW shows. But he is allowed to do indie shows, so that loophole allowed this to happen," Meltzer wrote.

This may put a damper on hints that Brett Hart could be appearing on AEW. It was assumed that the “Excellence of Execution” would follow the lead of other ex-WWE stars such as CM Punk and Bryan Danielson among others. However, it came to a point where these teasers stopped, fueling speculations that Hart may be returning to the WWE.

Hart recently addressed the tribute to him by FTR and Punk on "The Dropkick" podcast.

Just that I appreciate them [Dax Harwood & CM Punk paying tribute to him in AEW], I appreciate... it means a lot to me for them to be big fans of mine and I try to cheer them on as much as possible. I wish I could see them more often and be more of an input to helping them with their careers but, I just want them to know that I'll always be in their corner cheering them on," the 64-year-old wrestler stated.

Bret "The Hitman" Hart
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