The AEW roster is the most diverse in the history of professional wrestling. From Stone Cold Steve Austin to Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode to Rey Mysterio, you name it. But how will these players be received by geeks and gamers?

The That’s Not Wrestling 18 (AEW Roster) Geeks + Gamers is a list of the full roster for AEW.

That Isn’t Wrestling #18: Trimming the Fat

Tony Khan, the AEW roster, AEW television programs, and more!

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Thank you for visiting Geeks + Gamers, and welcome! This week, I talk about the AEW Roster, all four AEW TV programs, Tony Khan, and much more!

A few years ago, the stars seemed to be aligning for a major change in the world of professional wrestling. Everyone was talking about a huge new company with a television contract and “real, sport-based wrestling.” The contemporary wrestling fan’s existence of “eating crap and learning to enjoy the flavor” has finally come to an end. Wasn’t it? Every Thursday, join me here to dissect the acts of the stupid, dangerous, and desperate in pro wrestling…well, in AEW.

The AEW roster hasn’t been following the “We’re searching for fresh” diet at all. It has grown a new chin and had to carve a new hole at the end of its belt after consuming so many ex-WWE superstars.

On the official AEW website, there are over 100 members on the roster, and getting up and waddling down the aisle four times a week is becoming tiresome. Now that new viewers are beginning to arrive, AEW has to get in shape and look its best. Unless, of course, AEW is OK with creating a poor first impression and perhaps never being given another opportunity.

Fortunately, I’m here with a few short lists to help you sort things out, and as always, I’m making sure there are no grey areas and that everything is in order. It isn’t as easy as drawing a line in the center and keeping some while firing others. So bear with me while I fantasy-book Tony Khan and AEW out of the hole they’ve painted themselves into.

Goodbye, and many thanks for all the blunders!

Tony Khan has to be told that he can’t be everyone’s best buddy all of the time. AEW is still a business at the end of the day, no matter how much fun Tony is having with his toy box of life-size wrestling figurines. Furthermore, many of the individuals on the list below put other people’s health at jeopardy. I don’t believe I’m being cruel when I say that most people should definitely simply put up their boots.

  • Swole is a big guy.
  • Brandi Rhodes – She tried on the Stephanie McMahon cosplay outfit for a time; no one bought it, but she got her foot in the door of reality TV.
  • Brandon Cutler is a quarterback who plays in the NFL.
  • Cage, Brian – He’s been doing this for a long, and I doubt he’ll learn or contribute anything new here.
  • Chuck Taylor is a well-known figure in the
  • Codi Rhodes – The Triple H response to Stephanie McMahon’s Stephanie McMahon effort. Hopefully, instead, they’ll both settle for their new Miz & Mrs. fancy dress/reality TV contract.
  • Dustin Rhodes is an American football player who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was originally refreshing to watch Dustin finish his career with some artistic freedom. I drew the line at hating/blaming the supporters rather than taking responsibility.
  • Emi Sakura is a Japanese actress.
  • Joey Janela is a character in the film Joey Janela
  • Luchasaurus
  • Luther
  • Stuntman Marko
  • Michael Nakazawa is a Japanese actor.
  • Nyla Rose is a model and actress.

Never say never, right? In the Rhodes family, most of these issues may be resolved with training, mentoring, and a little self-awareness… However, individuals must want to improve. Digging your heels in to suit yourself at the expense of others will only poke holes in the boat and cause it to sink over time.

Fodder and the Gang of “Keep it on YouTube”

Before I had a change of heart, the bulk of this next wacky group had been lined up on the chopping block. They aren’t the error-making machines described above, but they aren’t yet trained, polished, or fascinating enough for television. Tony Khan was attempting to run before he could walk by cramming four weekly programs into the AEW calendar in less than two years, as I have said. I still believe that, but with an unnecessarily large AEW roster and two low-budget YouTube programs, two birds can be killed with one stone.

  • Aaron Solo is a writer and a musician.
  • Abadon
  • Alan Angels is a fictional character created by Alan Angels
  • Alex Reynolds is a writer who lives in the United
  • Angelico
  • Anna Jay
  • Austin Gunn is a character in the film Austin Powers
  • Gunn, Colten
  • Evil Uno
  • Excalibur – I realize he’s not on the current AEW roster, but he’s as useful to a bull on television as tits are to a bull, and he’s the one issue I have at the commentary table… Aside than the fact that it was packed.
  • The Sun’s Heat
  • Griff Garrison is a character in the film Griff Garrison
  • Kassidy, Isiah
  • Evans, Jack
  • Silver, John
  • Kenny Omega (Kenny Omega, Kenny Omega, Kenny At least on the main roster, he’s not a top player.
  • Kip Sabian is a well-known author.
  • Kris Statlander – She has a lot of promise, but she has being pushed. She’s now circling sloppy and hazardous terrain.
  • Lee Johnson is a well-known figure in the
  • Bates, Leva
  • Marq Quen is a character in the novel Marq Quen
  • Matt Jackson is a Hardy Soyz tribute act that performs as a spot monkey.
  • Nick Jackson is a musician from the United States. They’d never sever the connection, even if it wasn’t as terrible as his brother.
  • Orange Cassidy – It’s been a while since the joke was amusing.
  • Penta El Zero M – He’s been banished to YouTube until he learns how to properly tag-team and not simply disregard the referee while spamming the special moves button.
  • Vance (Pres. 10)
  • Avalon, Peter
  • Marshall, QT
  • Rey Fenix, like Penta, has been exiled. Leave the Lucha Bros. on Dark/Dark Elevation and let them have tornado-tag matches all the time if they can’t understand it out.
  • Riho – I know she seems to know what she’s doing, but her whole offense appears to be as deadly as someone tossing a perfectly folded piece of A4 paper at someone.
  • Shawn Dean is a character in the film Shawn Dean
  • Kiss, Sonny
  • Grayson, Stu
  • Tay Conti — After complaining about WWE giving her a “Look at me with my judo/jiu-jitsu belt” character, she has subsequently had an AEW gimmick with “Look at me and my bikini/IG pictures.”
  • Sakazaki, Yuka

That would probably work well if AEW’s YouTube world was completely separate from what they broadcast on TV and PPV. The only way I expect to see any of these B-roster (to put it mildly in some instances) on television is if they’re being beaten to a pulp in a matter of moves/minutes. For some of them, things may change. If there is signs of development and/or maturation, I will gladly reconsider my position.

Pattern Retention

If handled properly, this group has more to give than others. Mismanagement and a lack of direction seem to be widespread.

  • Page, Adam – I’m fairly sure he’s already missed the boat. At the very least, he’s moonsaulting on thin ice.
  • Chris Jericho is a professional wrestler. Thank you very much for assisting in getting the promotion up and running. Please go on a Fozzy tour and leave us in the dust… Also, take it easy on the cake and cola.
  • Jon Moxley – In my view, wrestling Japanese men and teaching newcomers how to hardcore match isn’t really useful.
  • Jungle Boy – It’s like two years of re-playing level 1 of a decent game.
  • Matt Hardy (actor) – He walked in and attempted to be too many things at the same time. He need a gentle reset with a break, followed by a clear reestablishment.
  • Red Velvet – A terrific attitude and a lot of promise. I wouldn’t have given her a championship match if she had nailed her finish for the first time in 100 tries.

Top Picks

It’s finally here! Here’s your AEW top-tier lineup. Even if I simply threw your favorite AEW novelty act in the garbage or put it on YouTube, I believe you’ll agree that the talent that’s left instantly elevates AEW to a new level of professionalism. Even if everyone on this list had their worst day and worst match on the same show, it wouldn’t be nearly as terrible as some of the AEW nonsense we’ve seen over the last two years. Enjoy!

  • Cole, Adam
  • El Idol Andrade
  • Bowens, Anthony
  • Anthony Ogogo is a Nigerian musician.
  • Brian Pillman Jr. is a member of the Pillman family.
  • Britt Baker, D.M.D. is a dentist.
  • Bryan Danielson is a writer who lives in the United States
  • Wheeler, Cash
  • Chavo Guerrero Jr. is the son of Chavo Guerrero.
  • Cage, Christian
  • Christopher Daniels is a writer and a musician.
  • CM Punk
  • Cabana, Colt
  • Martin, Dante
  • Darby Allin is a character in the film Darby Allin
  • Martin, Darius
  • Dax Harwood is a character in the film Dax Harwood
  • Eddie Kingston is an American singer and songwriter.
  • Page, Ethan
  • Kazarian, Frankie
  • Hikaru Shida is a character in the anime Hikaru Shida
  • Cargill, Jade
  • Jake Hager is a writer and a musician.
  • Jamie Hayter (Jamie Hayter) is a
  • Parker, Jeff
  • Lance Archer is a character in the game Lance Archer
  • Hirsch, Leyla
  • Mark Henry is a writer who lives in the United
  • Matt Lee
  • Sydal, Matt
  • Max Caster is a character in the film Max Caster
  • Miro
  • MJF
  • Black Malakai
  • Nick Comorotto (Nick Comorotto)
  • Ortiz
  • Pac
  • Wight, Paul
  • Ford, Penelope
  • Hobbs is a dynamo.
  • Rebel
  • Ricky Starks is a character from the HBO series Game of Thrones.
  • Soho Ruby
  • Guevara, Sammy
  • Santana
  • Serena Deeb is a model and actress.
  • Sky of Scorpio
  • Shawn Spears is an American singer and songwriter.
  • Sting
  • The Sword
  • The Bunny is a fictional character.
  • The Executioner
  • Rosa Thunder
  • Trent?
  • Wardlow

I uploaded the remainder of The Mark Order on YouTube; Colt Cobana isn’t quite as bad as the rest of them. Cabana and CM Punk may be able to reconcile on the first show in this dream promotion I’ve made!!!

*ahem*

This trimmed-down list now has 55 members. That’s almost half of the team’s official roster. I don’t think AEW can justify having a (albeit YouTube) televised developing program like WWE’s NXT, much less two! But, because Tony Khan has put enough money into the mix to make it happen, we’ll simply have to eat crap and learn to like it.

Hopefully, something along the lines of what I’ve described will emerge organically over time. With celebrities like CM Punk and Bryan Danielson joining the party, I’ve observed that everyone is on their best behavior. I’m not simply referring about backstage talent here. Punk just put in some effort on the commentary table and demonstrated how it’s done to Ugly Bob Excalibur. Punk even made a joke about Excalibur’s habit of calling wrestling holds by non-English names; great!

That’s all I’ve got for this week. Thank you for taking the time to visit. If you like wrestling videos, check out my PUTTING IT BLUNTLY: AEW All Out, NXT Takeover 36, and WWE SummerSlam 2021 reviews on YouTube.

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