AEW doesn’t sign wrestlers who work Dark tapings to exclusive deals. Someone in WWE might be watching those shows because the company’s recent set of tryouts featured a ton of people who have appeared for AEW in recent memory.

According toFightful, WWE’s recent male tryouts were headlined by John Skyler, Jason Cade, Wheeler Yuta, and Alexander James. There were plenty of other men at the tryout who have appeared during AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation.

Tyson Maddux was at the tryout and he has appeared on AEW Dark where he teamed with Shawn Dean. Ray Jaz was also there and he has appeared on AEW Dark several times.

Brady Pierce was also at the tryout and he appeared on seven episodes of AEW Dark over the summer. Will Allday’s name was also on the list and he has appeared on AEW Dark as recently as April. Ariel Levy has also appeared for AEW Dark, and he was at the recent WWE tryouts as well.


John Skyler has appeared on AEW Dark 14 times and he was at the tryout as well. EJ Risk, who played the role of Lana’s first husband during her storyline with Bobby Lashley, has also been on AEW Dark and he was at the tryouts. David Ali was at the tryout and he has 11 AEW Dark appearances under his belt.

Other wrestlers were at the tryout who weren’t noted as wrestling for AEW in the past. Those names include Wheeler Yuta, Nate Carter, Jake Logan, Jason Cade, Romeo Quevedo, Alexander James, Patrick Scott, Tony Vega, Idris Abraham, Joshua Dawkins, Robert Fuchs, and Rayo.

We will have to see who makes the cut, but AEW is certainly giving those stars a nice platform where they can get experience before their WWE tryouts.

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