5 Wrestlers Who Will Get Over In AEW (And 5 Who Won't)

In which the 'A' in AEW is a bit like the 'E' in WWE...

Scott Lesh

AEW has promised a pro wrestling utopia by promoting itself as the tonal opposite of WWE's sports entertainment dystopia.

Wins and losses matter; every card is announced in advance; no promos are scripted; every performer is permitted to get over under their own in-ring style; several performers, not least of which Orange Cassidy and Joey Janela, would never be presented like this in a WWE ring, if even presented at all; Jim Ross has turned babyface by being presented not as a joke but the most authoritative, respected voice in all of wrestling: AEW was seemingly drawn together by a focus group of lapsed WWE fans mourning what they miss about "this great sport". Also, Tony Schiavone is back, he's out there calling MJF a prick, and all is right in the wrestling world.

That's the marketing - the reality hasn't quite lived up to it yet, likely because it can't - and it has proven so effective that crowds are almost desperate to connect with or give a chance to every talent. It's a weird subversion of how all of this works: the fans are proactively getting stars over, not being won over.

The novelty won't last.

With thanks to Scott Lesh for use of his stunning photography.


Former Power Slam Magazine scribe and author of Development Hell: The NXT Story - available NOW on shop.whatculture.com!