Love it or hate it, AEW is providing some serious competition to WWE. Sure, they'll never say they're in direct competition with each other, but the lines have been drawn and the Wednesday Night Wars are giving fans more options than ever. With all that said, WWE has three main shows, making it easy to see who will be the next big thing. AEW, however, only has Dynamite.
This makes the weekly shows interesting, as you won't know who is going to be on from week to week outside of their main stars. Yeah, we can count on seeing Chris Jericho, The Young Bucks, and Jon Moxley, but who will be the face(s) of the company going forward? To answer this question, we've compiled a list of 10 up-and-coming AEW wrestlers who will carry the company.
10 Sonny Kiss
At age 25, Sonny Kiss has a bright future ahead of him in AEW. With a unique style that blends the high flying action of RVD and Rey Mysterio with his own background in dance, Kiss was relatively unknown before announcing his affiliation with Cody Rhodes' new company prior to Double or Nothing, but don't take that as inexperience.
Debuting back in 2013, Kiss quickly became a star on Lucha Underground as XO Lishus, and while he wasn't the focus of the show, he proved to be a fun star. He debuted at Fight for The Fallen and has since been used on AEW Dark, but we think is only a matter of time before we see more Sonny Kiss on TNT on Wednesday nights
9 Private Party
This may be a bit of a cop-out, but both members of Private Party are incredibly talented in the ring, and with AEW's focus on the promotion's Tag-Team Division, we think we'll see a lot of this duo going forward. The two made a big splash on the October 9, 2019, episode of Dynamite when they beat the established Young Bucks to advance to the next round of the inaugural tag team championship tournament.
While the win was surprising, the performance is what got everyone talking as both Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen put on a barn burner, getting the crowd behind them before picking up the win. Since then, the team has been on a roll. Sure, they lost in the next round of the tournament, but they've been treated as one of the can't miss teams in the promotion.
8 Bea Priestley
At just 23-years-old, Bea Priestley became a known name on the UK scene wrestling for Defiance and World of Sport. That wasn't necessarily for the best reasons, but as she's worked over the years, she's consistently improved, mostly thanks to her time in Japan.
Now, as a member of AEW's roster, Priestley's mix of hard-hitting British and Japanese styles have put her on the radar of most fans, and it's only a matter of time before we see her competing for the belt. With the potential to be the top heel in her division, we envision big things for the British star — and that's saying something considering the talent AEW already has.
7 Britt Baker MD
WWE may have tried the "dentist wrestler" gimmick in the past, but it didn't work quite as well as Britt Baker. Sure, there have been discussions online about her readiness for a prime-time, however, she's improved every time she's stepped into the ring. As the first-ever signee of AEW's women's division, Baker had a lot of pressure on her from the introduction of the company.
Yet, the promotion has been wise to let her slowly win the crowd over with solid performances week-in and week-out. While she's stayed out of the title-picture for the most part, she's been featured prominently and been given the opportunity to feud with other stars in the division. With so much invested in Baker, we have no doubt that AEW intends to cash-in.
6 Jungle Boy
When looking at Jungle Boy, you may not think he's a professional wrestler, but despite his lack of size, he's managed to put together a really fun tag team alongside Luchasaurus. As the son of the late 1990's heartthrob, Luke Perry, Jungle Boy has some big shoes to fill in the entertainment department, but at only 22 years old, he's already on the path to be one of the most popular stars in the company.
With his smaller size, he's put together an exciting fast-paced style that makes him perfect against larger stars. He can sell and attack, plus is big hair gives him a distinct look. For now, as one part of the Jurassic Express, he'll get just the right amount of exposure on TV and experience that he could develop to be one of the pillars of AEW as a single star.
Riho may be small, but what she lacks for in size, she makes up for with heart. That and wrestling ability — since despite being on 22-years-old, she has over a decade of experience.
Being on the smaller side, Riho dazzles audiences with her agility and high flying moves. She's already a star in Japan from her time working in STARDOM, but as the AEW Women's champion, she'll be able to build an even better reputation, as she takes on a wider variety of women from around the world.
MJF was relatively unknown before All In, but in the time since he was introduced to a wider audience, he's proven to be one of the best talkers in the company. Whether he's insulting Bret Hart while the company is debuting its championship, or costing Cody Rhodes his shot at the title, MJF is arguably the best heel in the company — and he barely wrestles on TV.
If we had to nitpick, we'd like to see that more often, or at the very least, give him a reoccurring segment on the show. Yet, at 23-years-old, MJF has all the potential in the world to be the next big heel.
3 Sammy Guevara
From the start of AEW Dynamite Sammy Guevara has been established as one of the top prospects in the company. At age 26, Guevara broke onto the scene wrestling Cody Rhodes on the first wrestling match on TNT since the last episode of WCW. While the outcome — Rhodes winning — was pretty obvious, him joining forces with Chris Jericho to help form the Inner Circle was unexpected and put him in a prominent role in the company.
Guevara is quickly proving he's one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster, becoming one of the main heels on the show. He's pretty much got everything going for him, and it's only a matter of time before we see him break free and be something really special.
2 Darby Allin
A lot of long-time wrestling fans like to compare Darby Allin to Jeff Hardy. Both fancy themselves as more "alternative" than "mainstream" their offense is unorthodox, both have finishing moves from the top rope, and neither minds putting their body on the line in a match. To be fair, it's a pretty solid comparison, yet for Allin, those are some big shoes to fill.
Thankfully, so far, Allin has solid support from the crowd, and his match with Chris Jericho for the AEW Championship put him on everyone's radar despite coming out on the losing end. He's starting to be featured more prominently, and it's fair to say he could become a big face and be the next Jeff Hardy — but we're happy with him being the first Darby Allin.
1 Rey Fenix
Rey Fenix is already one of the biggest names in AEW, but at 28-years-old, we think we'll see a lot more of him as the years go on. The star really made a name for himself wrestling in Mexico, but it wasn't until he debuted in Lucha Underground that the rest of the world started taking notice.
With a style similar to Rey Mysterio, this high-flying luchadore can do some truly incredible things in the ring. In fact, there will probably be a time not so far off that speaking about both mega-stars in the same breath won't seem that strange at all. In AEW, we're just scratching the surface of what he can do as one half of the Lucha Bros.