There's nothing better than competition to shake a successful company from its complacency. And of coures, in WWE's case, that competition has come in the form of a new promotion called All Elite Wrestling.
AEW has every necessary ingredient to mainstream success. It has the multi-billionaire Khan family bankrolling it. It employs talented workers. Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and MJF are four of the most gifted wrestlers not working for WWE. AEW recently inked a television deal with TNT.
Most notably, AEW has attracted the attention of WWE's top Superstars. The buzzing company has promised better medical care, higher wages, and the sort of creative freedom that WWE that is potentially lacking in the WWE currently.
There have been several high-profile defections to the competition. Former WWE Superstars Cody Rhodes, Dustin Rhodes (Goldust), Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose), and Shawn Spears (Tye Dillinger) all currently wrestle under the AEW banner. And despite WWE sweetening performer contracts with steep salary increases, the rumor mill continues to grind, with rumblings of numerous unhappy employees. Even the hirings of Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff as the backstage executive directors of Raw and SmackDown have not quelled the disenchantment.
Who on Vince McMahon's active roster could be the next performer to go "all-in" with AEW? Here are 12 WWE Superstars to keep an eye on.