An annual custom, WWE releasing a bunch of expertise proper after WrestleMania, took place once again on April 15. I needed to spend a while trying on the just lately launched names and seeing how they match into the present wrestling panorama and made some predictions about the place I anticipate them to land over the subsequent a number of months.
AEW and NJPW
Is Samoa Joe wholesome? Reportedly, it appeared like Joe couldn’t get medically cleared and thus was solid as a commentator. Joe was pretty much as good as one could be as a WWE commentator, however followers desperately needed him to see him again within the ring. Assuming that Samoa Joe is wholesome and might maintain wrestling, the probabilities for him are countless.
In WWE, Joe was moderately pushed. He was a high man in NXT and whereas he by no means acquired a world title run on the primary roster, he was no less than introduced as a legit risk to the highest stars, which can’t be mentioned for the general public who’ve been launched. Exterior of WWE, Joe shall be a foremost occasion star wherever he decides to go. As a giant identify, AEW would appear to be the highest touchdown spot for him, and he could be nice in an organization that may shield him and in addition permit him to chop his personal promos.
If Joe needed to go to NJPW, I’m positive he may work a Moxley-like schedule. He may additionally return to Influence or ROH, though that looks as if a step-down for Joe. One factor I positively wish to see him do is figure a Bloodsport present, which looks as if it was made for somebody like Joe.
Peyton Royce and Billie Kay
It’s not a coincidence they had been launched collectively. I assume that they are going to proceed to work collectively transferring ahead. AEW in principle could be searching for ladies’s expertise, and Royce being in a relationship with Shawn Spears can be a telling signal. My difficulty with that’s I merely don’t assume they’re excellent within the ring, and I don’t know if extra below-average employees is one thing AEW wants. I feel their personalities and the truth that they’re a longtime tag group matches higher in Influence, the place they do have a ladies’s tag group division, and would in all probability get an excellent likelihood to shine. ROH can be apparently seeking to enhance their ladies’s division as effectively, they usually may land offers there.
James is a veteran wrestler with some identify worth, and needs to be beneficial to AEW who may actually use one other girl with loads of expertise. She hasn’t labored a ton over the past couple years, however assuming that was as a result of WWE didn’t wish to use her and she or he is bodily able to go, she could be an asset wherever. She may return to Influence, and she or he may stroll in and be the ace of ROH’s ladies’s division and be actually beneficial in that function. The NWA can be a attainable touchdown spot, given her historical past and personal relationships.
Inexperienced had a curler coaster run in WWE, however she is a really succesful employee who has performed profitable character work up to now. She was part of the well-received ladies’s four-way at ALL IN, so she has labored with loads of the AEW decision-makers up to now. There merely aren’t loads of ladies with Inexperienced’s expertise out there on the free market, so whereas I anticipate her to land in AEW, different promotions seeking to buff out their ladies’s division, Influence, ROH and NWA, will certainly be on the hunt for her.
The previous Samuray Del Sol was simply breaking out on the indies when he was signed by WWE. Kalisto is a wonderful employee who may have fascinating matches with any of the high-flyers and luchadores roaming across the wrestling world. I’m undecided if Kalisto will find yourself in AEW, since they do have loads of nice, smaller expertise. He ought to have the ability to discover loads of work someplace, with Influence and ROH thinking about him. Whereas the scene in Mexico has been ravaged by the pandemic, he’ll doubtless even have choices down there as effectively. I feel in the end I see him working steadily for Influence, whereas additionally being a reputation man on the independents and steadily working in Mexico.
Blake did effectively in NXT together with his tag-team companion Steve Cutler, who was additionally just lately launched. A reunion may be so as, and each promotion would in all probability have an interest. Blake (and Cutler) was in NXT for a really very long time and is TV-ready; I may see Influence as an excellent touchdown spot, or NWA as their fashion ought to slot in effectively. Blake can be the type of man who we’ve solely seen in a single function, he may get a brand new gimmick and be a very totally different performer after we see him once more.
Dallas has been in WWE since he was a young person and is simply 30 years previous. Take into consideration that; he’s nearly a decade youthful than Damien Priest. Anyway, Dallas is a extremely fascinating case. He hasn’t wrestled since 2019 so it’s unclear if he’s medically cleared, or if he even desires to maintain wrestling. He was a joke for a very long time in WWE, however within the early days of NXT he was profitable as a severe contender and in addition does have some charisma. I don’t assume he has sufficient buzz to finish up in AEW with out proving himself someplace else first; I feel NWA or Influence may be open to giving him a chance to indicate what he can do outdoors of WWE.
Don’t sleep on Tucker.
Tucker was by no means pushed severely in WWE and by no means even had that large of a run in NXT, however we do know that he’s a giant, athletic man that may actually work. He was an All-American wrestler in school. These guys are simply not out there on the free market. WWE indicators athletic large guys by the barrel, to allow them to typically get misplaced. Exterior of WWE there’ll at all times be a scarcity of them, and Tucker can truly work. He ought to present up on AEW Darkish, go by his actual identify (Levi Cooper) and have some type of shooter gimmick and simply begin wrecking individuals. Put him on Crew Taz so he doesn’t even want to speak. I feel this can be a lay-up for AEW.