Five AEW stars who would benefit from a jump to WWE

Proud and Powerful (Santana and Ortiz) at the Oct. 16, 2019 edition of AEW Dynamite. Photo: Lee South/AEW
Proud and Powerful (Santana and Ortiz) at the Oct. 16, 2019 edition of AEW Dynamite. Photo: Lee South/AEW /

The world of professional wrestling continues to change every day, with wrestlers being released and signed between WWE and AEW. Several WWE stars have been released from their contracts and have gone on to find success in AEW. WWE has released some of the most talented wrestlers on the planet, while AEW has too many wrestlers, even with them having two shows now.

AEW and WWE are both professional wrestling companies, but both have different approaches when it comes to booking a wrestler. Vince McMahon has made it clear that WWE is an entertainment company and that wrestling comes second by how they have booked wrestlers in the last two years. AEW, on the other hand, is more of a traditional wrestling promotion that has given indie stars a platform where they can make a lot more money. Because of the differences, certain wrestlers would benefit from a jump. Here are the AEW wrestlers I believe would benefit from a WWE jump.

Austin Gunn

Austin Gunn is the son of WWE Hall of Famer and AEW producer, Billy Gunn. Austin currently wrestles with his father and brother as part of the Gunn Club. Austin is a good wrestler who can be a great wrestler if pushed in the right direction. AEW has recently signed some big names to their roster, which means Austin Gunn would be getting pushed down even more than he already is. Before signing with AEW, Austin was in the Ring of Honor 2019 Top Prospect tournament, where he looked good. Austin is a promising talent who would benefit from being in NXT.

Santana and Ortiz

As two members of the Inner Circle, Santana and Ortiz have shined in moments throughout their AEW run, but they should be the number one tag team in AEW right now. AEW hands down have the best tag team division in professional wrestling right now. If they were to jump to the WWE, they would instantly be at the top of NXT, RAW, and Smackdown brands. During their run with Impact Wrestling, Santana and Ortiz became known as the toughest wrestlers. Santana and Ortiz would-be stars in WWE and have the opportunity to elevate their careers.


Wardlow seems like the type of wrestler that the WWE would hire because of his size and physique, but he is a good wrestler who has the chance to be a huge success story for AEW. Wardlow hasn’t had the opportunity to truly show the monster that he is an MJF enforcer, which is good because MJF is a future AEW world champion. Wardlow will be a future world champion in the world of professional wrestling. Wardlow would be booked as a monster in NXT and would quickly rise to the main roster if he left AEW.

Kip Sabian

Kip Sabin would be perfect for NXT becauseNXT would be a famous wrestler with an excellent fan base that would carry on to NXT. Kip Sabian has been underused in AEW, but that’s because the AEW roster is so loaded. Kip would benefit from a WWE jump because he would recreate himself on NXT and show that he deserves to be given the spotlight.

Brian Cage

Brian Cage is someone whom I thought would’ve gone to WWE once his Impact Wrestling contract was up because Vince McMahon would think Cage is the perfect wrestler for the company because of his size. The WWE has always loved wrestlers with size and massive physiques that could bring eyes to wrestlers when they’re outside the ring.

If Cage were to go to WWE, I wouldn’t even put him in NXT because Smackdown and Raw both need star power because of the recent massive cuts in the WWE. Cage could be built like a Brock Lesnar-type wrestler that goes through the whole division. Brian Cage is Currently feuding with his old Team Taz teammates, but he can only do that for so long, and with AEW adding more prominent names to their roster, where will that leave Cage. If Cage truly wants to get a lot of exposure, then a jump to WWE would be the right move.