All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is the talk of the professional wrestling community at the moment. A huge rally was held earlier this week in Jacksonville, just down the road from WWE’s SmackDown Live tapings, to celebrate the new promotion. AEW has some big names onboard with the endeavor. Those being Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Adam “Hangman” Page, Chris Jericho, PAC, and more.
Even Kenny Omega is expected to be joining AEW once his New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) deal expires. However, it looks like AEW might be attracting some interest from disgruntled WWE talent as well. Wrestling Observer Newsletter points out many WWE and NXT talents have adopted a “wait-and-see aspect” on AEW. Several frustrated talents have even been given more TV time on RAW and SmackDown as opposed to being ignored.
There are some talented stars on NXT and WWE’s main roster who aren’t sure of their position with the company, especially tag teams, who are interested. Of course, those who went through Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) and Ring Of Honor (ROH), and are friends with AEW executives, are the more open-minded of the bunch. Others who don’t have such experience are waiting on news of a TV deal.
WWE talents who are in the best position at the moment are those whose contracts run out at the end of this year. AEW’s TV situation will be sorted out by then and it will be more evident what level the promotion is at.
What do you think about WWE talent being interested in AEW?