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Free agency in the world of wrestling has become very interesting in recent years with the arrival of All Elite Wrestling. Over time, fans have seen WWE wrestlers strut their stuff in AEW and vice versa. In addition, other companies, such as TNA or NJPW, continue to be relevant in the market. Now, reports have come to light that an AEW wrestler could leave the company this year. AEW star Hook’s contract expires this year and a two-week-old report suggested WWE’s interest in signing him.

A source familiar with WWE’s recruitment strategy commented, “I can see WWE clearly being interested in him.” But that’s not all, as Triple H might also aim for two other top superstars from AEW. Who are the rest? Let’s find out!

WWE aims to recruit two former AEW champions apart from Hook

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Hook has become one of the most popular wrestlers in All Elite Wrestling despite his stint with the company only starting in December 2021. Despite his short tenure so far, Hook has displayed an exponential improvement in his in-ring skills and the charisma he emanates signifies good things to come in his budding career. He has already racked up two reigns as the FTW champion with him beginning to reap the rewards of his labor. However, his tenure at the promotion could end prematurely.

As reported by SEScoops on Thursday, the pro wrestler plans to explore free agency to assess his future with WWE popping up as the frontrunner. And not just him, the WWE could also look to sign Ricky Starks and Britt Baker. Sean Ross Sapp revealed this tidbit in the latest edition of Fightful Wrestling Podcast. He said, “I think they would try Ricky Starks and Hook, very very obviously. I feel Britt Baker would be somebody they would be interested in. But yeah, I think that those would both be guys they’d be interested in.” If that is true, then Ricky Starks could continue his hunt for gold in a much larger spotlight. Tony Khan had lauded the AEW star for his stellar work in elevating their feud with Sting and Darby Allin. However, that hasn’t materialized in a world title shot yet.

The former FTW champion has also worked for WWE in his early years as an enhancement talent. His idolization of WWE legends such as The Rock, The Undertaker, Mankind, etc is also common knowledge. The opportunity to prove himself on the grounds that his idols walked on could prove an enticing prospect. Moreover, Starks also enjoys a good relationship with WWE talents such as Angelo Dawkins and Natalya, as evidenced by his venture to train at the famous Hart Dungeon training facility a few months back. Also, as fans know, Starks is good friends with current WWE Undisputed Champion Cody Rhodes, which could be a massive factor in him jumping ship.

Britt Baker could also explore greener pastures after achieving some tremendous feats in AEW. The former AEW Women’s World Champion and the first woman signed by AEW have spent significant time out on the sidelines since November. She had reasoned she wanted to cast a spotlight on the other talented women on the roster by passing on the baton at the moment. Despite the AEW star outlining her desire to get back soon enough, she can tread a new path in WWE to write a new chapter in her storied career so far and enhance her legacy.

As for Hook, he is a top talent for sure that has already made a mark in a very short span. And the WWE could look to intensify their efforts to sign him. Hook’s father Taz worked in WWE as a wrestler and then as a commentator which could play a role in him following in his father’s footsteps.

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WWE’s chase for the FTW Champion

WWE vying to acquire Hook’s services seems a very real possibility with the end of his contract edging closer. Reports also suggested that Taz wants his son to ply his trade in WWE.

At 24 years old, HOOK already has several years of television experience in All Elite Wrestling. In fact, Hook is the longest-reigning FTW Champion. Chris Jericho only dethroned him recently at Dynasty ending his 238-day reign as champion. For those unaware, Taz created The FTW title and defended it in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 1998. The title was retired in 1999 after being unified with the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. And it remained dormant for 21 years until Taz reinstated it in All Elite Wrestling in 2020.

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The legendary wrestler would aim for his son to surpass his legacy in pro wrestling, and what better way could there be to garner the spotlight than to sign with the WWE?

Only time will tell if WWE’s interest in acquiring the AEW trio materializes into serious offers. Should WWE go all out to sign these talents from AEW? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Abhishek Kumar Das

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Abhishek Kumar Das is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a researcher, journalist, and combat sports editor, Abhishek is uniquely poised to deliver wrestling news that is both straightforward and backed by facts. A die-hard Jeff Hardy fan, and a defender of heels to hell and beyond, he enjoys delving into the different storylines that both WWE and other promotions have to offer.
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Amal Joyce