Who is Tony Khan signing at AEW Full Gear?

COLOGNE, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 07: Dolph Ziggler during the WWE Live Show at Lanxess Arena on November 7, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 07: Dolph Ziggler during the WWE Live Show at Lanxess Arena on November 7, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images) /

Tony Khan has another big announcement as a major signing is planned to join the roster at AEW Full Gear on Saturday, November 18

This past Wednesday, hours before Dynamite, AEW CEO, Tony Khan took to X to make another huge announcement to the AEW fanbase. Khan has been known for making big announcements in AEW in the past year. This time, he let fans know that a big marquee name has reached a deal with AEW and will be signing them at AEW Full Gear this Saturday.

In the tweet, Tony also mentioned how this talent in particular has the respect of almost every AEW fan. With that in mind, there are a few possibilities on who this anonymous new talent will be. Personally, two particular names come to mind that would both make great additions to AEW and would lead to multiple future classic matches within the company.

A name that immediately comes to mind is former WWE superstar, Nick Nemeth (FKA Dolph Ziggler). Just a little over a month ago, Nemeth was released from WWE along with several others upon the emergence of the new brand entity, TKO. This wasn’t a surprise to regular viewers at all. Nemeth barely had any TV time in the past year and when he was seen, he was used as a tool to launch others to new heights, tossing him back to the side immediately after without even thinking twice about it. Capitalizing on WWE’s mistakes,

After Nemeth’s release, his contract contained a non-compete clause. Non-compete clauses vary but can range from 30-90 days depending on the contract. This means that there is a period of time when Nemeth can’t compete in any other promotion. Nemeth will be free to wrestle anywhere starting next month. This means that if Nemeth was the secret addition to the AEW roster, he still couldn’t compete until next month. On the other hand, time always moves fast in the world of professional wrestling and whatever red tape there might be due to Nemeth’s old WWE contract expiring.

In addition, Nemeth is already booked for an appearance in an independent promotion next month in Puerto Rico. However, this deal could have been made before he potentially talked with TK. One appearance in Puerto Rico does not mean that Nemeth is now fully committed to the indie scene, especially compared to what he might be getting paid if he really is signing with the competition.

Ultimately, The show-stopper would be an amazing addition to the AEW roster. The number of first-time 5-star matches he could have in the company is staggering. From Darby Allen to Orange Cassidy, to MJF, Nemeth would have an enormous impact on the company.

Aside from Nemeth, there’s one other name that comes to mind after viewing TK’s tweet. Will Ospreay, who currently is signed with NJPW is due to let his contract in Japan expire in February of 2024. This leads Ospreay open to signing with another promotion full-time if he wishes. While there have been rumors regarding WWE’s interest in him, Ospreay has experience in an AEW ring during his time in NJPW. Therefore, AEW fans already know exactly who he is, hence why Khan added the part regarding the anonymous wrestler’s popularity in AEW.

Not only does AEW like signing new talent, but they likely also strive to sign the talents that WWE is interested in as well.  Between last month’s Tuesday Night War and Khan’s sly posts towards WWE on X, It’s already clear that these two companies are competing, even if they’re not advertising it the same way they did during the Monday Night Wars in the ’90s. With that said WWE’s interest in Ospreay may provide AEW with further incentive to sign him instead.

Just from watching him in AEW, Ospreay’s character would most likely be scaled back a bit in WWE, considering that they target their content toward children. Hence, It’s probably in Ospreay’s best interest to go all in (pun intended) with AEW and sign with them rather than WWE after his contract with NJPW expires early next year.

Regardless of speculation, we will have a clear answer this Saturday, at Full Gear. Both individuals, however, would be fantastic choices by AEW and Tony Khan himself. Whether it ends up being one or the other or neither, there’s still an opportunity in the future for both individuals to find themselves signing contracts in the future. After all, anything can happen in professional wrestling.

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