Ricky Starks is currently one of the highlights of AEW television lately. The FTW Champion has worked hard to establish himself as a solid talent and fans continue to support him all the time. He also made a very bold claim recently as he sees himself in the main event.

Starks has been with AEW since 2020 and since then, a lot of other major talent have made their way to the company. This includes the likes of CM Punk and Bryan Danielson.

While speaking on the Pro Wrestling Illustrated podcast, Ricky Starks talked about all the new names joining AEW. Starks stated that he feels he can be at the top with the likes of CM Punk and even Roman Reigns.

”It’s extremely discouraging, but I kind of like that pressure. To me, I’m going to say it straight up, I can run with those guys. I can be at the top with those guys. I’m on the same level as those dudes. I know that in my heart I am. Sometimes, I’m having to play catch up with my momentum and having to pick up where I left off, and that’s fine, other days I’m looking around like, ‘this all changed so quick and I need to figure out where to jump in at.’ I don’t want this to seem like I’m not appreciative, but this is a bit more insight into me personally that I’m trying to figure out. I see all the positive support online and people want to see me more, and I really do take it to heart and get emotional over it.


At the end of the day, you can bring in Punk, Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole, bring in Roman Reigns, all of them. The thing I want is the opportunity to get in there and say, ‘You may not think much of me right now, but after the match, I’m sure you will.’ It isn’t just the hot popular groups of people at AEW that you want to surround yourself with, look at the underutilized and undiscovered talent on the roster and go from there.”

Ricky Starks also said that he has always been main eventer in AEW. We’ll have to see what the company will have planned for Starks after his feud with Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee is over.

h/t Fightful

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