AEW Dynamite made its debut in October 2019 and since then has worked hard to provide an alternate product to what fans see in WWE. For the most part, they have succeeded, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Many former WWE Superstars are in AEW, and some huge names are likely to join them very soon. Ringside News exclusively reported that CM Punk inked deal, and it was later confirmed that the Second City Savior is 100% for a Chicago show.

As of late, AEW has been signing a lot of ex-WWE talent, something many fans have criticized the company for. Cody Rhodes already commented on the situation in the past.

AEW signed the likes of Malakai Black and Andrade El Idolo, both former NXT Champions, but the company has not signed just about every WWE talent released in the past few months. Of course, many of those stars are still waiting out non-compete clauses.

While speaking to the New York Post, Mark Henry talked about AEW signing free agents who previously worked in WWE. The World’s Strongest Man stated that AEW looks at the free agency pool as “any other business” and that talents having WWE history is irrelevant to AEW.


“I look at it like any other business, any other Fortune 500 company. We have elite talent in the business that you’re in and there are other companies, whether it’s WWE or New Japan or Impact, wherever it is. People are gonna leave those jobs and stay in the same industry. So why not go somewhere you can go and put your stamp of approval on something and make that work? It has nothing to do with the other company. The other company is irrelevant at that point. It’s about your individual talent. Talent is gonna rise to the top every time. It doesn’t matter what you did before. People ask for their releases so they can go and do what they feel like is more them than what the company is providing.”

With AEW Rampage set to air this week, the company will continue to grow and sign more talents and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. We will have complete coverage of all AEW activity right here at Ringside News.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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