I’m going to preface this article by throwing out the fact that I’ve been watching some classic Monday Night Wars era wrestling and it has me all the way in my feels.
Not since the mid to late 90’s has there been this amount of energy surrounding the professional wrestling scene. If you had told me a few years back that Edge, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson or Sting would be still performing in 2021 I’d have been shocked. The emergence of startup promotion AEW has certainly offered up a different alternative to the WWE, one we haven’t seen since the days of WCW.
For as long as I’ve been a wrestling fan, I’ve fantasized about dream matches and now more than ever the possibilities seem endless. As of this writing, Bryan Danielson has been with AEW for all of two weeks and already has a match scheduled with one of the best wrestlers out there regardless of company in Kenny Omega. Since Edge’s return at the 2020 Royal Rumble, he’s checked a few names off of his own personal wishlist with matches against Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and the aforementioned Danielson (then going by Daniel Bryan). You add in the other AEW signings like Adam Cole, Malakai Black, Miro and Ruby Soho to that roster and talent new to WWE such as LA Knight, Joseph Fatu and Damien Priest and you’d be hard pressed to find a fan who isn’t exited with the current state of the industry.
With the influx of talent coming and going between both companies, the possibilities are truly limitless. Wrestling being absent of an offseason leaves room for speculation on where big name free agents such as Bray Wyatt, Adam Scherr (aka Braun Strowman), Buddy Matthews (Buddy Murphy), Cassie Lee & Jessica McKay (formerly the IIconis, now known as IInspiration). If you can’t tell by now, this wrestling fan is super excited about the future of the wrestling business.