Top 4 Released WWE Stars Who Could Be AEW’s Next Signee Set to Be Revealed at Full Gear

Published 11/16/2023, 12:11 AM EST

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Tony Khan just made a major announcement. The president of the promotion tweeted on X (formerly Twitter) that a new member is going to join the AEW roster. While MJF has his own theories, it could not be ignored that AEW might sign a former WWE star. The promotion has a history of doing so with the likes of Jon Moxley, Edge, and Ric Flair, just a few names from WWE who joined the promotion. With the announcement set to be made on the upcoming AEW Full Gear on 11/18, here is a list of possible stars that fans might get to see signing the contract.

Dolph Ziggler

Who doesn’t know Dolph Ziggler? The star who happened to be a phenomenal performer had slowly slipped away into darkness. Before his apparent release, fans did not seem to connect well with the star. His character development had also reached a stale point. Considering his stature, he could have a grasp over the creative decisions of his characters.


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Maybe a change in the environment and unique ideation might help the character connect with wrestling fans once again. But all things aside, Ziggler has shown an interest in stand-up comedy over the past few years. He said that someday he wants to pursue it as a full-time gig. So whether he signs with AEW is still pretty much in the shadows. 

Mustafa Ali

Ali is known to be a young, athletic, and charismatic pro wrestler. He is also known for not having reached his complete potential, with occasional hits and occasional misses. With him still having the backing of energy and time, fans might be interested in seeing him in the AEW ring. Even renowned journalist Dave Meltzer said that Ziggler and Ali are the two top contenders to be signed by AEW following their release a few months ago. Chances that the former WWE star might make his way to AEW are high, thanks to the American Dragon. Bryan Danielson who is a prominent figure at AEW had expressed his desire to work with Ali during his time at WWE. Now that he has a chance to get Ali on board, fans might finally get to see the two in the ring together.


The star with a winning streak of 49, Mansoor was a part of the Maximum Male Models which were handled by Max Dupri. The tag team contender went on to become a top star with his looks and his skills. Unfortunately, he and his tag team partner Mace were released along with other WWE stars after the merger. In his last run with WWE, he had portrayed a heel after playing a face for some time. AEW might need a heel like him who carries an aura of invincibility with his winning streak. 


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Matt Riddle

The Original Bro Matt Riddle had a splendid run at the Stamford-based promotion. The 37-year-old star portrayed a carefree surfer-guy-esque character who couldn’t care less about anything happening around him. However, over time, his character experienced a development and he was eventually teamed up with The Viper, Randy Orton. The duo formed the tag team RK-Bro and fans loved their chemistry.


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However, Randy Orton suffered a back injury which kept him away from television for some time. Riddle struggled to stand out from the rest of the pack in his singles run. Unfortunately, he also came under the budget cuts radar and was released from the company. However, a few weeks ago, Riddle had made a lavish purchase which sparked the rumors that the former WWE star is headed somewhere. Who would you like to see in AEW?

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Shaikh Aerajuddin


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Amal Joyce