We’re three days removed from the historical AEW x NJPW PPV “Forbidden Door” and it’s time to talk about the current state of AEW.
The biggest topic of discussion since Forbidden Door has been the AEW debut of Claudio Castognoli (FKA Cesaro in WWE). Due to Bryan Danielson being injured and out indefinitely, he handpicked a replacement for him in his scheduled match against Zack Sabre JR and that replacement was Claudio. Claudio is now a part of the Blackpool Combat Club alongside AEW Interim World Champ Jon Moxley, Wheeler Yuta, Bryan Danielson, and William Regal.
AEW’s acquisition of Castognoli is huge. When fully healthy this current AEW roster is arguably the most stacked and talented professional wrestling roster since the early 2000’s in WWE. It’s at the point where AEW simply has so much talent on their roster that they’re often having to resort to putting some of their top tier talent on shows like dark and elevation.
Although this roster is absolutely stacked like I just mentioned, injuries have really been a big issue in AEW as of late. The list of talent that is currently hurt or working hurt is crazy. CM Punk, Adam Cole, and Bryan Danielson are the biggest names on the injury list at the moment.
On top of all the current injuries AEW has been hit with, Kenny Omega is still recovering from multiple procedures and as of right now there is no timetable for his return.
The TNT championship situation has been relatively weird for quite a while now. Miro did an interview recently with WhatCulture Wrestling where he basically said that he believes the title has gone to absolute sh*t since he lost it. This statement from Miro is true to an extent. There really hasn’t been a solid TNT Title reign in the longest time. For months now it’s been a back and forth hot potato game between Sammy Guevara and Scorpio Sky.
It’s time for some new faces in the TNT title picture aside from Guevara and Sky. Sky currently is another talent dealing with an injury so it’s unclear when he’ll be able to defend the title again, but once he’s ready we need some new challengers. Guys like Keith Lee, Eddie Kingston, Miro, Ethan Page, Malakai Black, Wardlow, and even Hook come to mind. Let’s freshen things up a bit and make the TNT Title matter again.
AEW has been performing very well despite all of the injuries the roster currently is dealing with. It seems like as time continues to go on AEW just keeps getting bigger and bigger and it’s been remarkable to witness over the past three years. When this roster is back to 100% soon things are only going to get even better.