AEW is on a real nice roll right now and a lot of that can be contributed to the big free-agent signings that the company has made in the past few months.
And as exciting and surprising as some of those debuts have been, it takes much more than free-agent signings to keep a promotion moving in the right direction.
You also have to have a way to develop the young talent on your roster and integrate them with the stars of today so you have a fresh young crop of performers ready to step into bigger roles when the time comes.
For AEW, the use of their YouTube shows, AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation have been vital to the company’s future.
AEW has used these platforms with great success to audition unsigned wrestlers and also to develop some of the young talents that the promotion already has under contract.
There are a number of wrestlers that have benefited from these shows in terms of development. Performers such as Anna Jay, Bryan Pillman, Jr., The Acclaimed (Max Caster and Anthony Bowens), Leyla Hirsch, and Dante Martin.
But these were all people that AEW had an idea would be part of their big picture moving forward and they used Dark to help them hone their skills.
This list is more about people that were more brought in as enhancement talent but performed so well that AEW quickly realized these wrestlers were destined for more.