Wrestling’s Biggest Free Agents Debut With AEW

AEW is proving its wrestling’s biggest promotion. With its stacked roster and knack for compelling storylines, its TV show AEW Dynamite has become the main staple with wrestling fans. AEW already has star power with athletes such as Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho, and Darby Allin. They landed their biggest signing two weeks ago when CM Punk made his wrestling return after a seven-year hiatus. But AEW’s acquisition of big-named talent didn’t stop with Punk.

Wrestler Daniel Bryan makes an appearance at the Empire State Building during a 2019 WrestleMania 35 festivities.
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Ruby Soho hits jackpot during the casino battle royale

Last night’s All Out promised to be one of the biggest events of the year, and it lived up to the hype with the debut of three of wrestling’s biggest agents. The first debut of the evening came when Ruby Soho was revealed as the surprise entrant of the Women’s Casino Battle Royale. Three months earlier, Soho was released from WWE, where she wrestled under the name Ruby Riott.

Following her release, she adopted the new moniker of Ruby Soho. In August, she released a series of vignettes, hinting she was making a return to wrestling. Rumors circulated that Soho was AEW bound, and those reports were true as she came out to a standing ovation. Soho’s AEW run is already off to a good start because she won the battle royale and a chance to challenge Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s Championship.

Adam Cole joins the Elite

The next surprise came during the closing of the show when former WWE star Adam Cole appeared. As reported by Bleacher Report, Cole’s WWE contract expired on August 27th, days after his match at NXT Takeover 36. Cole had been a main star on the yellow brand for the past four years. Despite WWE’s attempts to resign the star, Cole decided to leave the company.

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Unlike other wrestlers, Cole didn’t have a non-compete clause, so he was quickly snatched up by AEW. Cole interrupted Omega’s post celebratory speech following the main event where Kenny Omega retained his AEW World Championship against Christian Cage. Reunited with his friends Omega and The Young Bucks, the heelish group is ready to take over AEW.

Bryan Danielson makes his anticipated debut

Cole’s reunion with his pals was cut short by the debut of another of wrestling’s biggest agents. Bryan Danielson, formerly known as WWE’s Daniel Bryan, came out to break up the soiree with The Elite. With the assistance of Cage and Jurassic Express, Danielson brawled with the Elite, and at the end, he was standing tall in the middle of the ring.

According to the New York Post, Danielson’s contract with WWE expired in April following his Smackdown match with Roman Reigns, where he put his career on the line. Many fans expected Danielson to appear at All Out, and AEW didn’t disappoint by saving the best for last. With Danielson, Cole, and Soho now part of the promotion, AEW Dynamite just became must-see TV for wrestling fans.