Three AEW and ROH feuds to look forward to in 2023


All Elite Wrestling is heading into 2023 with a lot of momentum. The promotion is coming off a strong Winter is Coming television special, and a well-received Ring of Honor Final Battle. Fans are looking forward to a new year with new feuds, angles, and matchups to enjoy. With that in mind, here are three feuds that fans would enjoy across both brands in 2023.

2.0 versus The Acclaimed

Since joining AEW in 2021, Angelo Parker and Matt Menard are two gifts that keep giving to AEW fans. Whatever they are asked to do, they succeed in pulling it off well. They were initially paired with Daniel Garcia where their abilities helped elevate him as an act that AEW can build around for the future. Then, the group was slotted next to Chris Jericho. While Jericho’s presence tends to overshadow tag teams, 2point0 continued to excel at everything asked of them.

The Acclaimed have a similar career arc in AEW. They went from an enhancement team to one of the most over acts in the promotion. Listen to the reception they receive every time they are in front of the crowd and that is a reaction that’s hard to debate against. Now, as AEW Tag Team Champions, they need some type of feud to hold them over until that angle against FTR. Parker and Menard fit that role perfectly, much more than Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal. A feud between 2point0 and the Acclaimed is the exact type of pro wrestling/sports entertainment mix that AEW viewers enjoy.

Rush versus Claudio Castagnoli

Claudio Castagnoli is back where he belongs, and that is with the ROH Championship around his waist. The feud between JAS and BCC is hopefully behind us all. That means that Castagnoli can focus on defending that championship against names in ROH. A great first angle for him would be against a former, two-time champion in RUSH.

RUSH’s final time holding the ROH Championship lasted 498 days. His total time holding that belt sits at 575 days according to Cagematch. He’s someone that properly represents what that brand was and could be considered a member of its “old guard.” That’s a space that could be used for a story between these two men. Allowing them to feud through the next PPV would be a great way to capture immediate interest in his run as champion.

Ricky Starks versus Powerhouse Hobbs (The Conclusion)

Ricky Starks put on a passionate performance against MJF, both in their match at Winter is Coming and, on the microphone, leading up to it. Now that he’s dropped the match, fans do not want to see him relegated to Dark or Dark Elevation, which would be a huge mistake. One way to keep him in a relevant feud would be to go back to his issues with Powerhouse Hobbs.

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Hobbs and Starks had a heated angle in September. The two men went 1-1 against each other without any real clarity on their issues being solved. Hobbs went on to lose the triple threat for the TNT Championship, while Starks went into the AEW Championship picture. Bringing these two men back together for one more match should keep them both featured on AEW Dynamite with the opportunity to build them toward something after as well.