AEW has one of the most, if not the most stacked roster in pro wrestling. Sometimes that could be a bad thing, but Tony Khan has done a decent job at making sure everyone gets time across all of his AEW shows.
Since the roster is so huge and there’s only been 5 champions, we decided to take a look at who could potentially hold the belt in the not-so-distant and distant future. Check out the five men who could have interesting runs as AEW World Champion…
Sammy Guevara is part of the young generation of AEW wrestlers called the Pillars (Sammy, Darby Allin, MJF and Jungle Boy) in allusion to the 4 Pillars of Heaven (Kobashi, Misawa, Taue and Kawada) of the golden era of AJPW. This generation of young wrestlers are destined to be the next set of main eventers of AEW…
Guevara has the experience needed for the role of World Champion, but he just needs a bit more seasoning. He also needs the right story and the main event scene will be his. Of all wrestlers in this list, he is the most likely to be World Champion in AEW.
Dante Martin is one of the best young wrestlers in AEW and the world. Since the moment he made his debut with his brother, Darius, against the Young Bucks, wrestling fans have followed Dante Martin’s run in AEW closely. There’s no doubt that Darius and Dante could be the successors to The Bucks one day.
Many fans and pundits believe that Dante Martin is also destined to have a great solo career. To be honest, the arguments and claims makes sense. The unfortunate situation with Darius’ injuries have allowed Dante to try a solo runs, and he has impressed. Dante Martin as AEW World Champion makes a lot of sense, and he has all the tools for it. The only thing he needs is to work on are his promos, and in a few years, he could be ready for a world title run.
It’s so evident that Ricky Starks is the future. Not only is he extremely good inside the ring, he’s equally as good on the mic. He also has the look to accompany the aura he brings to AEW. Though he recently dropped the FTW title to Hook, fans can now look towards how he’ll be booked for his inevitable main title run.
Starks is still criminal underutilized, some of that could be attributed due to his neck injury that had him off TV for a short period of time. Now that he’s a babyface though, if Khan plays his cards right, he can have a main event-level babyface in Ricky by this time next year.
Whatever the “IT” factor is, Swerve Strickland is drenched in it. Possibly one of WWE’s true losses in a while was allowing Swerve to go to AEW. Now, he’s striving and able to show off all of his abilities- his charisma, talent, mic skills, music, and swagger. Currently one-half of the AEW Tag Team Champions, it didn’t take long for Swerve to make an impact alongside Keith Lee. In fact, they collected AEW titles probably faster than any former WWE wrestler signed to the promotion.
There is no doubt that he has all the makings to be a future world champion. And who knows what opportunities will come his way in the hip-hop world. But the former Hit-Row leader is destined for a singles title run in the near future… Until then – let’s all just Swerve in his Glory.
From the moment we met HOOK, the wrestling world has been fascinating by him. He is naturally cool, and doesn’t need to do much. But credit to him, he’s a very good wrestler inside the ring and that helps even more for his silent killer aura.
HOOK is with no doubt one of the most interesting young prospects AEW has, and the long term for him will be crucial for his development. If he’s booked right, we could be not only seeing a future AEW World Champion, but the future ace of AEW…
Who do you think could have successful reigns as AEW World Champion in the next few years?