Did AEW Just Take a Shot a WWE for Its Shocking Releases?

Published 06/04/2021, 1:14 PM EDT


The professional wrestling world has its eyes fixed on the war about to erupt between WWE and AEW. The latter has been making steady progress and has already managed to push NXT off Wednesday Nights. AEW President Tony Khan already took major shots at WWE President Nick Khan by openly calling him out, and things will get more intense as the weeks go. 

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This battle of to and fro ribbing may just have continued when All Elite Wrestling took to Twitter to promote a story of NWA Women’s Champion Serena Deeb’s journey to success. The promotion’s social media handle tweeted the story with the following message: “Being released is not the end of the world.”

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This may just be a cheeky shot at WWE following the major names the company released earlier this week. Vince McMahon certainly made a huge decision and major names like Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Ruby Riott and Lana were all let go. 

AEW took the opportunity to sort of send out a message to those Superstars that the road ahead could always be brighter. Rightfully so, the story featured was of Sereena Deeb. 

Serena Deeb is the perfect example of success after WWE

Deeb is a former WWE Superstar herself. She landed a breakthrough role over a decade ago as part of CM Punk’s faction ‘Straight Edge Society’. There, she agreed to shave her head completely to bring life to the character.

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However, her wrestling career didn’t really pan out and Deeb was placed in a coaching role for the company later. This too ran its course and she was released from WWE in early 2020 as part of the initial budget cuts. 

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Since then, things have only gotten better for her. She headed down to NWA where she quickly gained heat once more and rose u the ranks. She soon found herself at the right place and the right time with the rise of AEW. Tony Khan’s working relationship with NWA allowed her to perform in front of a larger audience and she soon became NWA Women’s Champion, scoring a victory over Thunder Rosa. 

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Serena Deeb recently perfumed at the Kick-off Show for AEW’s Double or Nothing in a winning effort against Riho. She will undoubtedly continue to rise and is one of many examples of Superstars that flourished outside WWE. We will surely be looking at many of those WWE releases heading over to AEW. 

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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