“They Weren’t Meant to Be Stars” – Vince Russo Claims Not Even 50% of the AEW Roster Has the ‘It’ Factor to Be Megastars

Published 05/30/2021, 7:33 AM EDT


AEW has become a land of opportunity for several young and upcoming wrestlers over the last few months. Alongside almost hundred wrestlers on their roster, the company features a plethora of young and upcoming wrestlers, predominantly on Dark and Dark: Elevation.

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Although AEW has so many wrestlers under contract, and others working per-appearance deals, they don’t have a megastar. And Vince Russo believes they will barely have one ever.

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Vince Russo feels the AEW roster doesn’t have the ‘It’ factor

Former WWE, WCW, and TNA Writer Vince Russo joined a Q&A Session with TMPT Empire of Podcasts on Patreon a few weeks ago. During the Q&A, RBV asked Russo why there are no larger than life characters in wrestling like there used to be.

Russo instantly took a trip down memory lane. He credited WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross for assembling the finest roster during the Attitude Era.

He said, “When JR handed over the roster to us, everybody on that roster deserved to be on that roster. JR knew and understood the ‘It’ factor.”

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Russo then talked about the AEW roster. He said he’d have a difficult time singling out 10 wrestlers from that roster who’d be top stars.

He said, “Bro when I turn on AEW today, I would have to stretch. I swear to you I would have to stretch to find 10 out of the 80 [estimated wrestlers on roster] that have the ‘It’ factor.

“Definitely 50% of that roster, those guys and girls do not have the ‘It’ factor, they will never get over. They weren’t meant to be stars. And all the creative in the world is not going to help them,” Russo continued.

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Vince Russo isn’t referring to the top stars Tony Khan’s promotion already has in the form of Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, etc. He is referring to the young, independent wrestlers looking for that one life-changing break.

However, the action inside the ring isn’t the only thing that makes one go from being a wrestler to a Superstar. The character that the performer portrays, and how well he does it, plays a crucial role. AEW has a lot of action, but they need more character for their superstars.

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Who knows? Maybe, someone will prove Vince Russo wrong.

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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