AEW had a big surprise up their sleeves this week on Dynamite when Roderick Strong made his debut for the company. Fans didn’t see this coming, and that goes for those in WWE as well.

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We previously reported that “many wrestlers in AEW were pleasantly surprised by Strong’s debut, as he is well-liked in the industry. The move to AEW could provide Strong with new opportunities and a fresh start. The wrestling world will undoubtedly be watching to see what Strong’s future holds and how his story will unfold in AEW.”

During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer stated that Roderick Strong’s AEW debut “shocked” a lot of people in WWE. His contract status was known by only a few people, and a majority of them thought he was still around. This is why his name was still on the WWE roster page prior to his debut.


That was a shock to a lot people in WWE. I know that there were people who knew his contract was up, but most people didn’t know that.

AEW has a loaded roster already, but perhaps they have a plan for Roderick Strong. At this point, Tony Khan has signed deals with every Undisputed Era member, although Bobby Fish has already departed.

We’ll have to see what AEW does with Roderick Strong. His entry into AEW comes weeks before the Double or Nothing pay-per-view, and he will have his first match on Dynamite next week. Obviously, they’re going to make the most of this surprise debut to carry that momentum on to the next week.

Do you think Roderick Strong made the right move by going to AEW? Will you miss him in NXT? Sound off in the comments!

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