The pandemic prevented WWE from signing wrestlers in 2020. NXT is usually filled to the brim with talent, but they had to rely on old names like Finn Balor and Adam Cole to succeed. AEW benefited from WWE’s releases, signing big names like Miro, Brodie Lee, Matt Hardy and FTR. However, will the scene be the same for WWE and AEW in 2021? Which special superstars will these companies sign?
Jay White lost in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 15 to Kota Ibushi. The match was a 45-minute war of attrition, which saw both men throw the absolute kitchen sink at each other. After the tough loss, White declared that he wanted to quit NJPW, which sparked a ton of rumors and speculation.
If White comes to WWE, he will be the third Bullet Club leader to sign after Finn Balor and AJ Styles. The prospect of Switchblade in the WWE is quite exciting, given how loaded the main roster is right now. White is too big a star to be sent to NXT and deserves to be pushed on the main roster as the company’s new heel.
Former Bullet Club member and ROH Television Champion Marty Scurll has been one of the most popular wrestlers in the world. The English wrestler earned his stripes on the British independent scene, before going to NJPW and becoming the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
Scurll signed for ROH in 2016 and soon won the Television Championship. He joined the Bullet Club soon after, replacing Adam Cole. Unfortunately, the Elite quit ROH in 2018 to start All Elite Wrestling, but Marty couldn’t join them. Despite the disappointment, he continued to wrestle and became a star in the promotion.
In January 2021, Scurll’s contract with ROH ended. He is now one of the hottest free agents in the wrestling industry. The odds of him joining AEW are higher, but we could be in for a surprise. NXT has been on Scurll’s heels for a long time, and he may be more successful under Vince McMahon instead of Tony Khan.
This might be a divisive one. AEW truly does not need Brock Lesnar. They are doing significantly better than NXT without him, but AEW just might benefit from signing the Beast. In eight years with WWE, Lesnar has become one of the biggest draws in sports entertainment.
AEW have already signed a plethora of ex-WWE superstars, and they would not hesitate to go for the big fish. AEW Dynamite is extremely close to meeting WWE Raw in terms of viewership numbers. Signing Brock might just be the key to beating WWE’s flagship show’s ratings.
Also, the visual of Brock Lesnar suplexing Marko Stunt from the ring into the rafters would be a sight to behold. AEW have a ton of big men to make Brock look like a regular wrestler. From Luchasaurus to Lance Archer, there are tons of dream matches for the Beast in AEW.
AEW broke the internet when they signed Eddie Kingston. He is one of the best talkers, and the most believable wrestler on the planet right now. IMPACT Wrestling has another superstar who is almost as good as the Mad King.
Sami Callihan is one of the most hardcore wrestlers on the planet. The level of violence he brings to the table will make Jon Moxley cringe. He is the type of wrestler AEW should sign if they are passionate about starting a division for hardcore wrestling.
If you want to grasp how violent Callihan can be, watch his match against Eddie Edwards at IMPACT’s Hard to Kill PPV. Callihan will be AEW’s top star in no time, if Tony Khan and the Elite book him like the crazy, destructive, wild man he is.