As the effects of Black Wednesday continue to be felt around the wrestling world, some wrestlers, fans, and pundits have started to look to the future. Despite the current global situation, hopefully WWE's released superstars can find work with other promotions. AEW fans- and personnel- have been salivating about seeing the likes of Rusev and Zack Ryder on Dynamite, but while some former WWE wrestlers have found success with AEW, it is not always the case.
With a groundswell of support amongst fans for AEW to sign some of WWE's recently released talent, it seems like a good time to evaluate those wrestlers who have jumped ship from WWE to AEW. While some of these wrestlers have found the type of success that will define their careers far more than their time in WWE will, not all of AEW's acquisitions have been that lucky.
This list does not include all the superstars who had tenures with WWE, but it includes wrestlers who have had prominent roles in both promotions. The grades for these superstars has taken into account their expectations upon arriving in AEW, where they were on WWE's card, and how they have used their TV and Pay-Per-View appearances...
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