AEW has confirmed that two of its stars will head to the UK to help out an indie promotion WWE left in the lurch.
Vince McMahon has built something of a reputation for himself when it comes to bullying WWE's competition into submission. It's why his company has become the juggernaut that it is today. The latest victim of this is UK indie promotion, Southside Wrestling. A number of NXT UK Superstars were scheduled to appear at Southside's 9th-anniversary show, but have now all been pulled by WWE.
Upon hearing the news, Cody Rhodes hinted that he would see if AEW could lend a helping hand. The Young Bucks chipped in, claiming it to be their idea, and Luchasaurus added that he would be more than willing to make the trip. Turns out none of those stars will be competing on the show, but Rhodes has fulfilled his promise of lending that helping hand.
The company acted fast too. Southside confirmed on Friday, just 24 hours after Rhodes hinted that AEW might be able to help, that two AEW stars would be filling the gap made vacant by WWE absentees. They're pretty big stars to boot, and definitely ones ticket holders for the show will want to see. Shawn Spears and MJF.
The show will take place on October 26, 2019, so shouldn't prevent Spears or MJF appearing on Dynamite or at AEW's next PPV, Full Gear. The only issue is that the NXT UK Superstars initially advertised for the show were Southside alumni. The likes of Xia Brookside, Joseph Connors, and Ligero. It's a shame those stars won't be appearing since the 9th-anniversary show will be Southside's last, but AEW's replacements are definitely the next best thing.
As we near the start of the Wednesday Night War between AEW and NXT, this move means it is very much advantage AEW to kick things off. WWE offered them up a soft ball to get things started by pulling its stars from the Southside show. Admittedly, WWE probably didn't expect Rhodes to offer AEW's services, especially since the show is in the UK. Nevertheless, well played AEW.