First off I feel like All Elite Wrestling has done a better job of using AEW Dark to give other talent an opportunity that doesn't always get a chance to shine on the main show. Comparing WWE Main Event to AEW Dark it's almost like WWE doesn't care if you watch it, but AEW doesn't hide the fact that Dark exists like WWE does with Main Event. It's like Main Event doesn't matter, but Dark actually has been used to get wrestlers attention or test someone new in a commentary spot.
One thing that has seemingly tailed off due to the current situation in society is the status of the National Wrestling Alliance. I will be breaking down that aspect of the situation at a latter date due to that not being the focus of this article. Ricky Starks was one of the highlights of the NWA from the beginning and got to put his potential on display with an endorsement from NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis it was clear that management had big plans for Starks, but everything changed when the Pandemic began. Now Starks has his chance to show his worth on a bigger stage and on national television. Ricky does fit very well in All Elite Wrestling especially since he has made the move to being a heel which fits a lot more then him as a good guy, but either way it's Starks chance to really shine in AEW and as a part of one of the top feuds in the company.
Considering I have done this series on and off for a while I haven't touched anyone from All Elite Wrestling that came over from WWE. Some major names like Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, The Revival, Cody, and various others could've been booked better in the major company then they have been in AEW. Jericho and Cody will be two people exempt from the series due to there status in the company and how much they've done since leaving WWE.
The focus of this edition will be focused on Jon Moxley who was made to be looked as a fool in WWE near the end with the only depth his character was given is either a germaphobe or a poor excuse for a lunatic. They never allowed Dean to take a step into a darker lunatic and only allowed him to be a comedic excuse for a lunatic. It seemed like at one point they could've given him room to grow or show actual personality, but that ship sailed a long time ago at least in WWE.
I remember Moxley from his pre-WWE career and he spoke slow, had personality, and reminded me a lot of Jake Roberts or Arn Anderson. In WWE he quickly became a neutered version of those legends, because they wouldn't let him have freedom at all. Since arriving in AEW you can see that Moxley is a lot happier and has more freedom to give his character the depth it deserves. Even without the nickname he's more of a lunatic in AEW then he ever was in WWE. I mean he fought the Inner Circle with an eye patch and won, in a year AEW and Moxley have given his character more identifying qualities then he got in six years with WWE. The only comparison here is how badly WWE missed the boat on someone who could've been a big draw for them when they needed someone new on top.
I for one have liked the fact that AEW has ranking system since the first time they announced it as it gives the company an easy to crown a number one contender without just giving someone a title shot. Though it might point out some one sided booking in favor of certain talent it also shows who the company chooses to protect and keep strong. For example, World Champion Jon Moxley hasn't a lost a match thus far in 2020 and neither has Tag Team Champions Kenny Omega and Adam Page when they're a team. Even though we will be getting an updated rankings on Wednesday there are points to be made on this one.
Mainly the fact that Cody and Moxley shouldn't share one ranking system as the TNT Championship shouldn't be considered to be on the same level as the World Title and instead should be sort of like Cody's answer since he can't challenge for the World Title. This would then also allows other talent to be seen as contenders for the TNT championship and not for the World Title, because what makes someone qualified for one title and not the other if they share rankings list.
Both Brain Cage and MJF seem to hold the top spot on the list right now and both men seem to want a shot against current World Champion Jon Moxley. This again prompts the question why would either man challenge Cody for the TNT Championship and not Moxley. Lance Archer as number three makes sense due to his record but he lost to Cody in the finals of TNT Championship tournament. Luke Harper just lost to Moxley and though he could take a step down to the TNT Championship stacking the odds against Cody. In my opinion, Cage vs Moxley, MJF vs Moxley and even Wardlow vs Moxley could be money and they can't save every match for when fans are back, because it's not possible. The writing is wall at this point though that soon enough MJF will become World Champion in All Elite Wrestling.
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