Although Marty Scurll’s future in wrestling is up in the air at the moment, AEW is perhaps the perfect fit for him at the end of the day.
It was originally reported by Dave Metlzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that his contract was set to expire on November 30th. However, Scurll has since said that he will competing at the company’s Final Battle pay-per-view on December 13th alongside Flip Gordon against Bandido and Flamita.
Needless to say, that should be an incredible sendoff for The Villain, assuming he doesn’t re-sign with ROH. In all honesty, there’s no reason for him to stick around, especially considering all the opportunities they had to put the world championship on him but didn’t.
Scurll’s 2019 hasn’t been a total waste. He’s held the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship for the past nine months and has elevated Brody King and PCO to heights they would have never reached without him.
He needs to be where he’ll be treated like the top talent he is and that place is undoubtedly All Elite Wrestling.
One would have to assume that every promotion will be interested in recruiting him, including WWE/NXT. If nothing else, they’ll offer him a hefty deal just to keep him away from the opposition.
Scurll signing with WWE isn’t terribly far-fetched. Wrestlers who have high profiles prior to entering the company are almost always handled well in NXT, and there’s no reason to believe the former ROH World Television champion would be any exception.
With that said, NXT’s roster is more star-studded now than it’s been at any other point in the black-and-gold brand’s existence. Furthermore, there’s no guarantee Scurll would be immediately positioned as an NXT Championship contender if he were to join their ranks.
It’s also worth questioning what his ceiling would be beyond NXT. He has all the potential in the world to be successful on the main roster, but as long as Vince McMahon is in charge of Creative, he may be better off exploring his options elsewhere, specifically in AEW.
A recent ending to an episode of Being the Elite indicated that Scurll could be AEW bound in the not-so-distant future. During the scene, Kenny Omega was shown walking into his home and flipping over a framed picture of Scurll and the rest of The Elite.
It must have been a conscious decision by Omega and The Young Bucks to include that shot in the show, and with The Elite in currently in shambles in AEW, it would be perfectly fitting from a storyline standpoint for Scurll to swoop in and help them in their ongoing rivalry with The Inner Circle.
Then again, Scurll could very well debut in AEW and betray his buddies in The Elite because of how they left him hanging high and dry in ROH. Either way, the possibilities are endless with what can be done with him there.
In short, Scurll making the jump to AEW is virtually guaranteed, but he needs to debut at an appropriate time. Showing up at the first episode of AEW Dynamite he’s contractually able to appear on wouldn’t be smart with the holidays right around the corner, so it’d be more logical for them to hold off on bringing him in until 2020.
Unlike NXT, AEW’s roster is still growing and Scurll could feasibly be one of their most prominent performers from the get-go. There are many unprecedented matchups to be had with him in AEW as well as many exciting stories waiting to be told.
Again, there is the slight chance he swerves everyone and debuts in WWE or stays put in ROH, but The Villain heading to AEW just makes too much sense to not happen.