World Championship Wrestling definitely crashed and burned towards the end of its lifespan, eventually being taken over by WWE. However, even with that being the case, they still had a series of world class stars at their disposal that went on to do bigger and better things.
The irony of this title is that AEW actually does possess a few names that were formerly part of WCW including Chris Jericho, Dustin Rhodes and Christopher Daniels. Alas, it's always fun to speculate, which is why we're going to try and determine which wrestlers, in their own prime, would've found success in All Elite Wrestling.
Sting is often considered to be Mr. WCW, and it’s kind of impossible to battle back against that theory.
He was able to prove during his time with TNA that he could also make himself into a star with another company, and while it didn’t quite work out as much with WWE, he could’ve been as big as The Undertaker had he been given the chance to do so in his prime.
At this point, we’re kind of surprised that Sting hasn’t already made an appearance of some form in AEW.
Many will know her as Alundra Blayze courtesy of her days in WWE, but as Madusa, she was one of the most controversial figures of the Monday Night Wars after dropping WWE’s Women’s Championship into a trash can.
That’s the kind of talking point that puts you on the map, but beyond that, Madusa was just a really talented in-ring star that belongs at the top of quite literally any women’s division.
She’s a pioneer, and if AEW was around 20 years ago, she easily would’ve lit the world on fire.
8 William Regal
Sure, All Elite Wrestling is home to an awful lot of high flyers, but they also have their fair share of in-ring technicians – and we believe that Regal could easily be an AEW Champion even at this stage of his career.
On his day there were very few wrestlers that could compete with him both in the ring and on the mic. He was one of the most effective heels that we’ve ever known and while we all enjoy his exploits as the general manager of NXT, we’d love it if he was still able to compete, or better yet, able to go back in time and compete.
7 Mick Foley
When you’ve got a guy like Mick Foley, who quite literally came up through the ranks with an underdog promotion, it only makes sense to think about all of the possibilities that come with him being a member of the AEW roster.
From the perspective of hardcore matches, you just know that he’d be able to tear the house down with the likes of Jimmy Havoc and Darby Allin. Oh, and there’s that forgotten ‘nearly happened’ match from a few years ago between Foley and Jon Moxley aka Dean Ambrose that you just know would be absolutely remarkable.
6 The Steiner Brothers
While they aren’t exactly known for caring that much about what other people think, The Steiner Brothers have to realize that they are highly regarded as one of the best tag teams of their generation.
Fans of the old and new school styles of tag team wrestling will be able to appreciate and respect some of the things they did during their run in World Championship Wrestling. In their prime, they’d be able to compete with the best of them in All Elite Wrestling, and you can bet that we’d get some really, really physical encounters out of them too.
5 Stacy Keibler
She’s gone on to much bigger and better things since her time in professional wrestling, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that Stacy Keibler was one of the most influential female figures of her generation.
Regardless of whether or not you consider her to have been a valuable member of the roster, she certainly got a lot of eyes onto the product. We aren’t sure what kind of role she would actually have on AEW television, but one thing we do know for sure is that a pro wrestling show that features Stacy Keibler is on to a winner.
4 Rick Rude
The ladies loved him and the men wanted to be him. That is the sign of a top class heel in our eyes, and it’s one of the many reasons as to why Rick Rude will forever go down as one of the most underrated stars in the history of this business.
Rude had a unique persona and if there’s one thing that can be said for AEW, it would be that it’s the perfect place for new and unique personas to shine bright.
We wish this could happen in another world.
3 Rey Mysterio
The master of the 619 has been enjoying a fantastic late career resurgence in WWE, but we all know that he’d be equally as great in All Elite Wrestling.
The funny thing is that if AEW had formed slightly earlier than it actually did, there’s a chance he could’ve joined them.
That’s because he already took part in the successful All In event, and he even featured in the main event of the evening.
Whether or not this eventually comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we’d love it to happen.
2 Roddy Piper
Roddy Piper was one of the best promos in all of pro wrestling and we’d argue that even that might be a bit of an understatement. The guy just seemed to get it, and he lived for doing things that nobody could even remotely fathom.
Making the jump to AEW in his prime would’ve made for great television, and you just know that he would’ve been a wonderful world champion.
His influence on the business is almost certainly felt within the likes of Jon Moxley and Cody Rhodes amongst others, but we still miss him dearly.
1 Eddie Guerrero
Viva La Raza.
Eddie was amazing in WCW, he was amazing in WWE, and he would’ve been amazing in AEW. He had the kind of style and character that would’ve worked quite literally anywhere in the world, and that much is just obvious.
The former WWE Champion brought a certain spirit to proceedings that you just didn’t see before him.
Everyone loved Eddie during the prime of his career, and everyone will continue to applaud the work that he did do, but we’ll never stop wishing that he was still around.