Danhausen became All Elite when he was found under the ring during a Lights Out gimmick match between Orange Cassidy and Adam Cole. He has built a following on the independent scene due to his character who cursed people, enjoyed collecting teeth, wanted all the money (and a blimp), and was also very nice, yet very evil. As popular as Danhausen is in AEW, he has no desire to go to the biggest stage for pro wrestling.
In a New York Times profile, Danhausen told author Dan Brooks he had no interest in signing with WWE. Danhausen believes that AEW is a better fit for his gimmick and he believes AEW is not a minor league organization in addition to performing in front fan audience who appreciates his craft.
He told me he had no interest in signing with W.W.E., the logical next step in any wrestler’s career, because he felt A.E.W. was better suited to his act. That was, of course, the correct thing to say, but it also seemed true. For him, A.E.W. is not the minor league so much as a place where Danhausen can be Danhausen, in front of an audience who appreciates what he is doing.
AEW CEO & President Tony Khan was featured in the article stating that he liked taking talent presentations once they get over to television. He believes that by finding talent that got over with smaller audiences while giving them a chance on nationwide television, the hardcore audience will give them a pass.
“I like to take people’s presentation once it’s gotten over, once it’s gotten popular and been accepted,”
“If you find people that have gotten over with a smaller, hard-core audience, often if you give them a chance on national television, the hard-core audience will vouch for them.”
Danhausen might be happy in AEW now, but WWE’s larger pay checks can change anyone’s mind. Usually, it depends on opportunity and money for a lot of past and current Superstars in the company. That being said, AEW also has deep pockets.
We’ll see if Danhausen changes his mind about going to WWE. A lot of things seem to be up in the air regarding WWE’s future as the entire pro wrestling landscape continues shifting.
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