All Elite Wrestling is promising to present a different form of Elite wrestling. It is very clearly stated in the name of the company. AEW could end up with more WWE stars as Cody Rhodes admitted on The Ross Report, but that doesn’t guarantee anything as Chris Jericho previously stated.
There is a certain set of expectations that AEW is placing on their workers to be able to excel at a higher level. Having WWE experience is great because it will bring more eyes to the product, but that isn’t all they’re looking for.
“I’ve jokingly said it’s currently at about 5% — Chris Jericho, Jim Ross, Cody Rhodes. A few others, maybe. It’s not the same. Having that equity with WWE is wonderful but you’ve got to be able to cut it and meet the standards that people have for their actual bell-to-bell contest. That number might increase. There being the opportunity to exist for the boys and girls to make more money, here or there. Just to have options. If they can play, they’re gonna play.”
“But right now, the recruitment is more about ‘freshmen.’ I want to build a new class of guys. I don’t them to feel like they were set up and that was it. I want them to feel like they were set up to win and succeed. Right now, it’s a lot of faces you’ve never seen and people you’ll be surprised when you do see them.”
There are a few WWE Superstars who could do very well in an environment like AEW. There are even more on the indies who might meet those expectations as well. We will just have to see what works for those Superstars who are or could be making their exit from WWE with intentions of talking to AEW.
Thanks to Fightful & Ringside News for the quotes