Shane “Swerve” Strickland signs with All Elite Wrestling


AEW Revolution last year featured the signing of Christian Cage, bringing him over from WWE and into the world of AEW. This year included another contract signing as Shane “Swerve” Strickland signed an AEW contract on air.

The segment opened with Tony Schiavone introducing Strickland to the crowd, before giving him a moment to speak for himself.

“The real is back. I could go on and on about all the dream matches I’m going to have in All Elite Wrestling. I could go on about all the championships I’m going to take. You’ll witness it,” Strickland said. “I just have a question to ask y’all, ‘Whose house?’”

Strickland doesn’t need much of an introduction. Even before his run in WWE where he picked up the NXT North American Championship and was featured as a part of Hit Row, Strickland put together an impressive run in other organizations. This is why it was such a surprise that he was released in late 2021.

At just 31-years of age, Strickland has picked up championships in multiple promotions such as PCW, DEFY, MLW, and Lucha Underground. Since his release he’s had matches against the likes of Jay White, Davey Richards, and Nick Wayne.

Strickland’s addition to AEW was a badly kept secret as Fightful Select reported on the news of his expected arrival. He was one of the hottest free agents on the market as WWE continued a wave of talent releases since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Strickland, along with the rest of Hit Row, were among a group of releases in November.

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