All Elite Wrestling has not been around for that long. This means that most, if not all, of AEW’s roster has worked for WWE at some in their respective careers.
You’ve most definitely heard of Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose) and Dustin Rhodes (Goldust) spending quite some time in Vince McMahon’s company.
However, here are ten wrestlers signed to Tony Khan’s promotion who you probably didn’t know have wrestled for WWE at some point throughout their careers.
10. Christopher Daniels
The Fallen Angel is one of the true legends of the wrestling business. Daniels has spent most his storied career on the independent circuit, as well as having stints in Ring of Honor and TNA/Impact Wrestling.
However, for roughly three years, Daniels called WWE his wrestling home. Being signed under a developmental contract in 1998, the veteran was used as a jobber for shows like Heat, Jacked or Shotgun Saturday Night.
His most prominent role was the one ‘Dos’ in the legendary ‘Los Conquistadores’ angle between the Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian in 2000. Daniels left the promotion in 2001 and would never return.
9. Frankie Kazarian
Frankie Kazarian has had a very similar career to his long-time tag team partner Christopher Daniels. Kazarian spent most of his time as a professional wrestler with ROH and TNA.
However, for a very short period of time, Kazarian was contracted to Vince McMahon’s company. In 2005, Kazarian left TNA to sign with WWE’s developmental territory OVW.
In July of 2005, he made his WWE debut on Velocity and embarked on somewhat of a winning streak. When Kazarian learned that WWE was planning to scrap their Cruiserweight Division, he asked for his release and has never returned.
8. Kenny Omega
The Cleaner? The former IWGP Heavyweight Champion? Yes. One of the best to ever step inside the ring has worked for WWE… and they let him go…
After spending a few years on the indies, Kenny Omega was signed to a developmental deal by WWE and was subsequently sent to Deep South Wrestling for training in October 2005.
About a year later, Omega asked for his release, as he was not satisfied with trainer Bob Holly and promoters Bill DeMott and Jody Hamilton. It seems like he made the right call.
7. Peter Avalon
Before he was the Librarian, Peter Avalon had a very short stint in WWE.
The man formerly known as Norv Fernum in TNA worked a short squash match as “Adam James” against The Bludgeon Brothers on SmackDown in 2017.
6. Scorpio Sky
Just like Franke Kazarian and Christopher Daniels, SCU’s Scorpio Sky has also worked for WWE.
Sky made several appearances for Vince McMahon’s company in non-wrestling roles. In 2013 at SummerSlam, The talented worker played the role of a fireman during Kane and Bray Wyatt’s infamous Ring of Fire match.
The year prior, he was ‘Harold” during the Anger Management classes between Daniel Bryan and the aforementioned Kane. AEW has given Sky the chance to do what he does best, wrestle.
5. Awesome Kong
Awesome Kong first arrived in the WWE in 2005. However, she was swiftly dismissed by Jim Ross, the then WWE Head of Talent Relations, for not being what they were looking for at that time.
After that, Kong had an incredible run with TNA, and would rejoin WWE as Kharma in 2011. Her debut was highly anticipated, with WWE airing video packages for several weeks in advance of her arrival.
From the first moment she appeared live in front of the camera, Kong signalled her intent to take down WWE’s Divas. In her debut, she laid out former Divas Champions Michelle McCool, Maryse and Kelly Kelly.
Just as she started a feud with The Bella Twins, WWE had to scrap their plans as Kong revealed during Raw that she was pregnant. Unfortunately, she would go on to suffer a miscarriage.
After an appearance in the 2012 Men’s Royal Rumble Match, she was let go by the WWE. However, she remained loyal to wrestling, rejoining TNA and appearing on Netflix’s GLOW.
4. Britt Baker
Before Britt Baker made her debut for All Elite Wrestling at Double or Nothing, the Dentist made several appearances for WWE between 2017 and 2018.
Baker was used mainly as a jobber in squash matches on NXT. However, she did have one appearance on Raw as an enhancement talent in a match with former Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax.
3. Leva Bates
Peter Avalon is not the only Librarian who once worked for WWE. Bates made several appearances for the company in 2014 and 2015.
Bates started out as a Rosebud for Adam Rose, but then went on to become “Blue Pants” on NXT TV, aligning herself with Enzo Amore and Big Cass.
However, Bates was never officially signed to WWE, and the company just stopped using her after a while.
2. The Young Bucks
Two of AEW’s Executive Vice Presidents, Matt and Nick Jackson, once worked for WWE.
Possibly the greatest tag team on the planet right now, The Young Bucks have notably worked with TNA, ROH and NJPW, but did you know about their WWE venture?
Between 2008 and 2011, the brothers had many try-out matches and jobber appearances on SmackDown and ECW. These are nightmares that still haunt Matt Jackson until this day, if you believe ‘Being The Elite’.
It might seem as if Luchasaurus came out of nowhere. However, that isn’t really the case.
Previously referred to as ‘Judas Devlin’, Luchasaurus was signed for a WWE on a Developmental Deal in 2012 and was sent to FCW, which became NXT shortly thereafter.
Devlin was rumoured to become part of The Ascension, before being quietly released after suffering a hip injury in 2014.
Looking back, this might have been a wonderful decision, because otherwise, we might have never gotten the joy of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy teaming up.