So AEW has the potential to be the biggest threat to the WWE since TNA… sorry I could’t help but to make that joke. AEW could genuinely be the biggest threat to the WWE since WCW. Being headed by a group of guys who are adored by the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community) and financed by a legitimate billionaire they have the ingredients to create something great!
However there is one key thing they need to get the show on the road, and that’s talent. They’ve officially signed some of the hottest Indy talent out there, the likes of Joey Ryan, PAC, Britt Baker and so many more. Yet, signing some talent from the WWE might give them that extra little boost in terms of eyeballs, so here is a comprehensive list of talents who would benefit from making the move over to AEW. (This list does not include wrestlers ‘rumoured’ to have handed in their release request at the time of writing).
5. Most of the Tag Division
Okay this one is kind of cheating, but most of the WWE’s tag division is treated like a joke. On RAW your Champions are literally a team that was thrown together with no real story (You’re gonna say The Bar were too, but they actually had a best of 7 feud to reach that point you damn mark). Who beat a team that was managed by a dude who peed himself. The situation is a little better over on SmackDown with at least 3 teams who are consistently booked well, however the tag titles at the moment seems to be being used to further a Shane O’Mac v. Miz feud, as opposed to showing off quality tag wrestling.
Talents like The Ascension, Sanity and The Club who have proven themselves in NXT or around the world would greatly benefit from trying their hand in a promotion where tag team wrestling is almost certainly going to be held in high regard. With the Young Bucks part of the upper-echelon, it goes without a doubt that they will be booking genuinely creative and exciting tag team wrestling. As opposed to victory by peeing on robe…
4. Tyler Breeze / Fandango
Yes Yes I know they’re a tag team and thus you will say “YoU jUsT SAiD TaG TeAmZ” but listen here, I’m talking about them as individual competitors but on the same footing thus I have combined their entry, okay?
Tyler Breeze and Fandango individually are both great workers in the ring and outside of the ring. This is evident by Breeze’s time in NXT where not only did he contend for the main strap but also had a match with god damn Jushin Thunder Liger! And well the Fashion Files goes to prove just how good they two of them are outside of the ring. They’re two of the funniest wrestlers in the company, and if they were booked properly they could run any mid card division as individual talents, let alone as a tag team.
3. Ruby Riott
Is the way to my heart having loads of tattoos? Yes… yes it is! But Ruby Riott (why 2 T’s why?) is potentially the most under-utilised member of the WWE women’s locker room. From having awesome, but short, run in NXT in competitive matches with the likes of Nikki Cross and Ember Moon, she’s been relegated to being the leader and basically carrying a lacklustre faction. I’m sure the intention was to have the Riott Squad do great things, and with the announcement of the Women’s Tag Titles, there is some hope for her to hold gold in the WWE, but so far her main roster run has me, mediocre at best.
With AEW promising women the same pay as men, as well as awesome indy talent to wrestle Ruby Riott would certainly be in a pretty hot spot in AEW, being able to wrestle to her fullest ability and well like I said, that pay promise ain’t too shabby.
2. Most of the 205 Live Roster
Listen this is my list, and I’ll format it however I darn like broski. Let’s be honest 205 Live doesn’t get nearly as much love as it deserves by the WWE. It had potential to be viewed as the most exciting programming they had to offer. But now it’s just kind of seen as ‘small dudes bing flippy shit after SmackDown’. The roster has so much potential and they rarely get the chance to showcase their true talents on WWE TV, and even worse, they usually end up wrestling their hearts out in-front of worn out crowds who don’t truly appreciate the talent in the ring.
To make matters worse the call up of Mustafa Ali (although it’s done wonders for him and I’m glad he was) has taken away the ‘Heart of 205 Live’. Since he’s left there’s been something missing from the show, and with the precedent of talents going full time on RAW or SmackDown, and very few new talents joining the 205 roster since it’s inception there is going to be something amiss on the brand.
But, if some of these guys went to AEW and were able to wrestle without the WWE restriction and in-front of hot crowds they could do wonders! Especially when they’re up against some the most exciting indy wrestlers out there! Not only that but if AEW play their cards right, they can build a cruiserweight division that is valued like NJPW values their Juniors, as opposed to how WWE basically sees them as ‘the small guys’. It’d be magnificent.
1. Zack Ryder
When a wrestler starts a ‘still here’ hashtag and complains about not being on RAW for a year, you know it’s time for them to leave. I bet you were expecting a main-eventer but nope, Zack Ryder in my opinion is the wrestler who would benefit most and most deserves to go to AEW. And well he has an in. Sure him being friends with Cody could be seen as a bit sketchy and very reminiscent of WCW, but they guy doe shave his own benefits.
He oozes charisma when he’s in the right mind set. Do you remember the pop when he won the IC title at Mania? It was huge! But then he goes and drops it the next night on RAW… The man literally got himself over with the crowd! But was subsequently buried.
When they had the chance to go some huge things with him in that weird Cena v. Kane feud… they kinda made him look like a little bitch… He could have gone over Kane as a babyface or even had a feud with Cena as a heel. Gosh darn it he could have even had a proper feud with Mojo! Why would you not give him that at least.
The man has ‘solid mid-carder’ written all over him, and guess what, that’s not a bad thing. he could play a solid role in AEW’s mid card and not be lost in the shuffle like he is in WWE. Only time will tell…