Alex Shelley has been in "serious talks" with WWE according to a new report by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Shelley, 29, has not signed a contract and is booked in September for the upcoming New Japan tour. His signing with WWE was described as being "close" and "imminent." This would make Shelley the first TNA talent to agree to a deal with WWE since the lawsuit filed by TNA against WWE accusing them of trying to raid talent. It should be noted that Shelley's deal with TNA expired on his own and he was not named in the lawsuit (Ric Flair was the only one named in the lawsuit). The belief is that Shelley's TNA deal expired on 5/21, just a few days before TNA filed their lawsuit against WWE on 5/24.