Now that All Elite Wrestling has finally been announced, it’s time to start thinking of the talent that will surely be lining up to join Cody and the Young Bucks in their exciting new ventures.
They’re likely to have the pick of the world’s top independent stars, but there will be some that are sure to be harder to lure.
Will WWE stars be tempted to jump ship and head to the promotion? Well, that’s for us to wait and see, but for now, let’s look at 7 stars who have hinted that they may be keen on a move away from big Vince and WWE.
1. Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder came one match away from going the entire 365 days of 2018 without having a single match on Raw, you know, that brand he’s a member of.
If he hadn’t been included in the Intercontinental Championship number one contender battle royal on New Year’s Eve, it would have been a whole year without a single “woo woo woo”.
Ryder is a close friend of Cody Rhodes, the new executive vice president of All Elite Wrestling, and the two have had plenty of back and forths on Twitter over the past few months which have led many to believe that Ryder could be on his way out of WWE.
Replying to Ryder’s tweet which pointed out that he was one Raw away from not wrestling on TV in 2018, Cody said:
Some perspective for you babe…several years ago the biggest star in the world(in MSG), the Rock was standing in the ring and the crowd was chanting “we want Ryder”…
Whatever you do now, do it without fear. I mean Pam went and did that Pratt Institute thing… https://t.co/rUymi8SSXr
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) December 28, 2018
The Pam reference for people unaware is a reference to Pam from the US Office, who applies to an art school, which for her was a huge move that she didn’t whether it would be a success or not.
Could this, therefore, be a suggestion from Cody that Zack should similarly put all his eggs in one basket and jump ship to AEW? Ryder is undoubtedly a very talented superstar and he’s a naturally over babyface. His Intercontinental Championship win at WrestleMania 32 is enough to prove that he could be a star in the right environment.