Right now, i feel it’s kind a fun to speculated about what this whole thing will bee since we know very little about the promotion outside of what came out yesterday.
If i was them, i would at less consider having at less three championship. A World title, a tag title and a women’s title. You really can’t attract newer fans to a product if you don’t give them something to care about and having somebody chasing a title always bring interest to casual fans and it’s a easy storyline to do.
As far as WWE guys leaving for AEW, i really doubt a lot of them will leave right away. The thing is that in WWE they have job security which is something that a lot of wrestlers like to have plus a guy like sami zayn gets to come home once in a while and wrestled in front of his hometown which i think is a big plus for him, he probably won’t get that with AEW. Plus the fact that this is a pretty new venture, they is the risk factor of this being a total failure by the first or second year of existence so then what going to happen to those ex wwe guys? They can’t really go back to WWE right away and the indy scene is so crowded right now that while a major WWE guy like a kevin owens could easily get a spot anywhere, a Zack ryder or revival might not get a major spot on the indy scene after that. So my best bet is that a lot of guy within WWE will probably look at how stable the whole thing is and maybe some will make the leap after they’re wwe contract ends but if since most guys have families and they have to choose between their loved for wrestling or job security they might choose job security which is sad to say.
The only guys within WWE that i could see leaving would be the younger guys like a velveteen dream or any of the younger guys that only have their career to live for and see that going to a upstart promotion like AEW is a good risk to take. But for a lot of the veteran, the goal was to get to WWE and be a featured player in the company.
Again, i take sami zayn for exemple, the guy might not be a main eventer, but the guy as been a major player in the company for a while now and will continue getting a push when he comes back from injury. he doing the best work of his career and he star will just go up as time goes on. Again, will AEW guarentee that i will be able to wrestled in montreal once and a while and be able to go home? that’s questionable right now because we don’t know anything. Will he even make a blimp on a roster that will be full of star plus since he won’t be able to use the sami zayn character because it’s a wwe trademark, will casual fans even know who he is on when he shows up? that’s another problem that they would encounter if former WWE guys shows up,
For the most part, they all have WWE trademark character which means that they would have to modify they’re characters if they were to show up in AEW. Unless they do some really agressive promotion around a guy, fans won’t follow because it’s not because they were a fan a a certain performer that they will follow him or her wherever they go. So signing former WWE talents doesn’T guarantee them success.
Right now, if i’m a WWE talent especially in the lower midcard, i look at how this whole thing turns up and just play the waiting game, be patient, just wait until this thing is stable enough that you won’t jeopardize your whole career by jumping ship to quickly. If it got a solid fondation then decide if you’re better off jumping ship or not. But if i’m AEW, i would first focus my attention on promoting the homegrown talents they will sign and not go to aggressively toward getting WWE guys because the first few years will be critical for they’re success and if they sign a lot of WWE guys, they will be compare to WWE and the last thing any promotion want is to be called WWE lite. That’s why WCW went under and that’s why Impact is in the state it’S in right now.