5 Ways AEW Is More Effective With Their Roster Than WWE

AEW exemplifies how to build many storylines by using their roster more effectively than WWE.


All Elite Wrestling rang in 2019 with ambitions of changing the world. While AEW has not achieved that lofty goal, they have succeeded in breathing new life into the industry, offering wrestling fans an energetic and creative product in the form of AEW Dynamite.

Despite, arguably, the best roster it's ever assembled, WWE's creative has stagnated, relying on part-time talent to play integral roles, bringing back Hall of Famers to try and pop a rating, or simply being unable to write stories that don't involve a championship. This has left Monday Night RAW and Friday Night SmackDown with lacklustre mid-cards and under-utilized talent. AEW has far less depth on its roster, yet has managed to be vastly more effective, creating a superior product than either of WWE's main roster shows.

AEW has created a promotion where wrestlers are both protected and given the opportunity to flourish, with the freedom to develop their own characters and promos. There have been blunders along the way - here's looking at you Dark Order - but on the whole, AEW has delivered a more consistent product. There is certainly an argument to be made that NXT has been more than enough competition for AEW on Wednesday nights. However, this article is only comparing AEW and WWE's main roster.

With so many jaw-dropping performers, it's never been a better time to be a wrestling fan, but not necessarily a WWE one. Maybe they could take some tips from AEW on how to use their talent.


Brady Coyle is a board game enthusiast, an outdoor enthusiast, a crossword enthusiast and doesn't know a lot about synonyms. He saw a button that said "Contribute" and, presented with the opportunity to share his opinion, he will never say no. He lives in Thunder Bay, Canada, a place that has never been above -23°C.