For almost every wrestler, WWE is the promised land.
It's the company they've grown up watching, and it's the same place where titans of the industry like Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin and John Cena made their names. On the financial side of things, WWE offers huge cash prizes for those who work their way up the ladder and headline timeless faves like Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.
Working for the promotion can also be a nightmare for some, and that includes those who once idolised names of yesteryear and someday dreamed of wrestling in the same rings. In reality, political backbiting, creative frustrations and fallouts are rife, and it's true that AEW's rise (and the popularity of other companies like New Japan) means WWE isn't the be all and end all these days.
Despite the established narrative pre-AEW suggesting the opposite, there was always another option open to wrestlers who decided they'd had enough of WWE's corporate structure or Vince McMahon's whims and wanted to try their luck elsewhere.
Those who bet on themselves or stuck to their guns were right to do so...