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It’s finally here! After months of speculation, Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Adam Page announced that they will be starting their own pro wrestling promotion, All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which will aim to be WWE’s toughest competition yet, since the closure of WCW.
Tony Khan, the co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, will serve as the President, with more details to be given in the days and months to come.
Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Hangman Page, along with Kenny Omega and Marty Scurll, to name a few, have had a dream run over the years in NJPW, ROH and other promotions from around the world, and they will look to capitalise on their indie fame to take on the might of the WWE.
With a brand of wrestling that has captured the imagination of pro wrestling fans around the world, these pro wrestlers have, over the years, offered a great alternative to their passionate fanbase. It remains to be seen if they can translate the same with the money that will be coming in from the Khan family as well as their TV deal.
As previously mentioned, the AEW will seek to offer pro wrestling fans an alternative from the WWE, and they could very well do it by signing a few current WWE Superstars. Here are some WWE Superstars All Elite Wrestling should sign:
#1 The Revival
The signing of The Revival, the WWE tag team of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder who are currently on RAW, could be quite the coup, considering how great they are in the ring, and their great prowess on the mic.
Many WWE fans have been disappointed by the way the WWE creative team have used The Revival since their call-up to the main roster in 2017, after having put on great matches on NXT television, as well as holding the NXT Tag Team Championship twice.
The Young Bucks and The Revival have had a feud over the internet with both teams wanting a piece of each other inside the squared circle.
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#2 Mike Kanellis
Mike Kanellis has had a tough time since signing with the WWE in 2017, with his wife Maria Kanellis. Kanellis, who wrestled as Mike Bennett in the indies, has had issues with addiction to painkillers, which he even spoke about in a WWE film.
Kanellis had a brief run on SmackDown, with the Power of Love gimmick alongside his wife, but that storyline soon dropped and he has been featured mostly on WWE’s Main Event show.
The former TNA and NJPW Superstar could very well sign with the AEW, having wrestled with and against The Young Bucks prior to his stint in the WWE. Kanellis is a talented wrestler who could be a good mid-card wrestler in AEW, or even battle it out for tag team gold. At 33 years of age, he still has a lot to offer in pro wrestling but it will most likely not happen in WWE.
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#3 Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder and Cody Rhodes have history, with both having wrestled against each other numerous times in WWE. They also seem to be good friends away from the ring, with Rhodes having praised him on social media a few times.
“Zack. I know he doesn’t fit the indie model exactly, but at one point that dude was getting his name chanted…in MSG…while the great one was in the ring, I think he works too hard to be just a super jacked dude in the background,” said Rhodes about Ryder.
Ryder tweeted recently about how he’s not had a single match on RAW in 2018 (incidentally, he was part of the battle royale in the last RAW of 2018), which probably shows that he’s no longer willing to sit on the sidelines (Cody even replied to his tweet, telling Ryder to “do it without fear”.
We could certainly see Ryder featuring in AEW considering the limited opportunities he’s had in WWE recently.
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#4 Tye Dillinger
Another Superstar who has been massively underused in the WWE is Tye Dillinger. Dillinger, who moved to the main roster from NXT in 2017, but hasn’t featured much lately despite being over with the WWE Universe.
Dillinger began his pro wrestling career in WWE, signing his first WWE contract back in 2006 and wrestling in WWE’s developmental territories. He was released by WWE in 2009 following which he wrestled in the indies, before returning to WWE and NXT in 2013.
The 37-year-old last featured in a match on SmackDown back in September, and hasn’t been on TV since. A switch to AEW would be a good move for Dillinger and would fit perfectly in the indie style of wrestling that AEW will mostly showcase. Quick and acrobatic, Dillinger can put on a great show in the ring.
Dillinger recently retweeted the AEW announcement on Twitter which could maybe indicate that he could be interested in signing with the new promotion.
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#5 Gallows & Anderson
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson truly made a name for themselves in pro wrestling during their run in NJPW when they were part of the Bullet Club, alongside AJ Styles, and The Young Bucks.
The Bucks and Gallows & Anderson shared a close bond during their NJPW run, winning several championships. When Gallows & Anderson signed with the WWE in 2016 along with AJ Styles, many expected them to go on and dominate the tag team division, which has sadly not happened.
Yes, they did win the Raw Tag Team Championships but their reign ended at WrestleMania when they were defeated by the returning Hardy Boyz. The duo are currently on SmackDown but don’t seem to have any interesting storylines in the near future, which could prompt them to switch to AEW.
Gallows & Anderson could build a strong tag division at AEW and show WWE what they missed out on.
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#6 Dean Ambrose switching to AEW
WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose will leave the company in April, WWE has confirmed his departure with the following statement:
“Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) will not be renewing his contract with WWE when it expires in April. We are grateful and appreciative of all that Dean has given to WWE and our fans. We wish him well and hope that one day Dean will return to WWE.”
Ambrose signed with WWE in 2011 following a successful stint on the independent scene as Jon Moxley. He quickly made a name for himself down in FCW developmental for WWE (which included a featured feud with William Regal and a teased program with Mick Foley that would have served as his main roster debut), and in November 2012, he was introduced to the main audience as one of the three members of the Shield along with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
Many saw him as the breakout star of the group whenever the inevitable split would occur, and although he had a run as the WWE champion from June-September 2016, he never really seemed to catch on as the singles star fans assumed he could be. Whether that was his fault or WWE’s is open to interpretation.
The last attempt at creating a massive singles star out of Ambrose faltered mightily as his heel turn against Rollins on the same night Reigns announced he would need to take time away to battle leukemia never flourished past the shock of the night it stunned everyone on Raw back in October.
Now, the speculation about Ambrose’s future can begin. With All Elite Wrestling set to launch this year, Ambrose — who will likely revert back to being referred to as Moxley — could provide the first big jump from WWE to AEW as the latter gets itself off the ground. If we’ve learned anything about Ambrose the man, real name Jonathan Good, it’s that he’ll do what he wants, whenever he wants.
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