AEW opened their doors with a lot of ideas. Some of them worked out, but others needed some tweaking. The Dark Order is a perfect example of something that AEW changed a bit and now it is working well. The Inner Circle was money from the get-go, but what if they were called “The Fist” instead?
While speaking to AEW Unrestricted, Sammy Guevara revealed that AEW first approached him with the idea about the Inner Circle Nick Jackson had a much different name in mind.
“That was probably around like All Out. I think it was Nick Jackson. He came up to me. He’s like, ‘you know what you’re doing?’ I’m like, ‘not really.’ He’s like, ‘yeah, you’re going to be in this group called The Fist. I don’t know. They’re working on the name with Jericho,’ and I’m like, ‘The Fist?’ He’s like, ‘yeah.’ I’m like, ‘that’s kind of a whack name.’
Tony Schiavone said that he could picture that name making sense. He said it would be like “The Hand” from Marvel Comics. Guevara chimed in and concurred that was the idea since there were five members of the Inner Circle.
“Exactly, especially since there’s five of us. One for each finger. Makes sense, but I remembered thinking like, ‘oh, he’s ribbing me,’ especially because Nick, he’s always messing around. So I was like, ‘there’s no way he’s serious. I’ll believe it when I see it.'”
The Inner Circle seemed to work much better for the purposes AEW used it for. You never know if The Fist idea could come back because it did seem to have some support to make it as far along as it did.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote