Tossing Salt Presents:
Stay or Go: An In-Depth Analysis of the Full Rosters of AEW & The WWE
November 13. 2022
For the past three days, I’ve been working on and posting a series of articles called “Stay or Go: An In-Depth Analysis of the Full Rosters of AEW and the WWE.” I heard Jim Cornette and Brian Last do this for the AEW roster on Jim’s podcast and it seemed like a good idea. What the hell was I thinking? Next time I think about doing something like this, we’re going to YouTube and video it. That was a helluva lot of writing. Eight columns worth. My fingers are tired.
But aside from being a lot of writing for me, it’s also a lot of reading for my loyal and faithful readers, all three of you. So in order to take the load off and make it better for you, I’m going to do a quick recap here. I’ll list the wrestlers who I deemed worthy of a deal with the major wrestling promotions and who, if I was making the call, would get the boot. If you want to know my reasoning, then go look them up in the pre-mentioned 8 columns. This is just the basics of who stays and who goes. You’re welcome. So are you ready? Let’s do this.
AEW Men’s Roster (A-D)
Stays: Aaron Solo, Adam Cole, Alex Reynolds, Anthony Bowens, Anthony Ogogo, Ariya Daivari, Austin Gunn, Billy Gunn, Brian Cage, Blade, Brian Pillman Jr., Brock Anderson, Brody King, Bryan Danielson, Buddy Matthews, Butcher, Cash Wheeler, Chris Jericho, Christian Cage, Claudio Castagnoli, CM Punk, Colton Gunn, Daniel Garcia, Dante Martin, Darby Allin, Dax Harwood, and Dustin Rhodes.
Goes: Hangman Adam Page, Andrade El Idolo, Angelico, Angelo Parker, Brandon Cutler, Christopher Daniels, Chuck Taylor, Colt Cabana, Danhausen, and Darius Martin.
AEW Men’s Roster (E-M)
Stays: Eddie Kingston, Ethan Page, Evil Uno, Frankie Kazarian, Fuego Del Sol, Hook, Isiah Kassidy, Jake Hager, Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett, John Silver, Jon Moxley, Jungle Boy, Lance Archer, Lee Moriarty, Luchasaurus, Malakai Black, Marq Quen, Matt Hardy, and Matt Menard
Goes: Griff Garrison, Jeff Hardy, Josh Woods, Keith Lee, Kenny Omega, Kip Sabian, Kyle O’Reilly, Lee Johnson, Luther, and Matt Jackson.
AEW Men’s Roster (M-Z)
Stays: Max Caster, Miro, MJF, PAC, Powerhouse Hobbs, Peter Avalon, QT Marchall, Ricky Starks, Ryan Nemeth, Sammy Guevera, Shawn Dean, Shawn Spears, Sonjay Dutt, Sting, Swerve Strickland, Tony Nese, Wardloc & Wheeler Yuta.
Goes: Matt Sydal, Nick Comoroto, Nick Jackson, Orange Cassidy, Ortiz, Paul Wight, Parker Boudreaux, PENTA Oscuro, Pres10 Vance, Ray Fenix, RUSH, Santana, Satnam Singh, Scorpio Sky, Serpentico, Slim J, Sonny Kiss, and Trent Beretta.
AEW Women and Non-Wrestlers
Stays: Anna Jay, Athena, Diamante, Dr. Britt Baker, Jade Cargill, Jamie Hayter, Kiera Hogan, Kris Statlander, Leyla Hirsch, Madison Rayne, Mercedes Martinez, Nyla Rose, Penelope Ford, Rebel, Ruby Soho, Saraya, Serena Deeb, Tay Melo, Thunder Rosa, Toni Storm, and Willow Nightingale.
Goes: Abadon, The Bunny Allie, Email Sakura, Hikaru Shida, Julia Hart, Leila Grey, Paige VanZant, Red Velvet, Riho, and Yuka Sakazuki.
AEW Managers & Non-Wrestlers
Stays: Arn Anderson, Dan Lambert, Mark Sterling, Negative 1 (Brodie Lee Jr.), Stokely Hathaway, Taz, Vickie Guerrero, and William Regal.
Goes: Alex Abrahantes, Don Callis, Jake Roberts, Jose Garcia, and Mark Henry.
The Men and Women of WWE RAW
Stays: AJ Styles, Angelo Dawkins, Austin Theory, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Brock Lesnar, Cody Rhodes, Damien Priest, Dexter Lumas, Dominick Mysterio, Finn Balor, Johnny Gargano, Karl Anderson, Kevin Owens, Logan Paul, Luke Gallows, Matt Riddle, Miz, Montez, Ford, Mustafa Ali, Omos, Otis, Randy Orton, Robert Roode, R-Truth, Seth Rollins, Tommaso Ciampa, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Doudrop, Iyo Sky, Mia Yim, Nikki Cross, and Rhea Ripley.
Goes: Akira Tozawa, Cedric Alexander, Dolph Ziggler, Edge, Elias, Gable Stevenson, Reggie, Shelton Benjamin, Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, and Tamina Snuka.
The Men and Women of WWE Smackdown
Stays: Angel Garza, Bray Wyatt, Butch, Drew Gulak, Drew McIntyre, GUNTHER, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Joaquin Wilde, Karrion Kross, Kofi Kingston, LA Knight, Madcap Moss, Rey Mysterio, Rick Boogs, Roman Reigns, Sami Zayn, Sheamus, Solo Sikoa, Xavier Woods, Charlotte, Emma, Lacey Evans, Liv Morgan, Natalya, Raquel Rodriguez, Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Sonya Deville, and Zelina Vega.
Goes: Ashante “Thee” Adonis, Big E., Brain Strowman, Cruz Del Toro, Erik, Giovanni Vinci, Humberto Carillo, Ivar, Jinder Mahal, Ludwig Kaiser, Ma.çé, Mån.sôör, Ricochet, Ridge Holland, Santos Escobar, Shanky, Shinsuke Nakamura, Top Dolla, Aliyah, B-Fab, Naomi, Sasha Banks, Shotzi, and Xia Li.
Announcers & Other On-Air Characters
Stays: Paul Heyman, JBL, MVP, Scarlett, Corey Graves, Kevin Patrick, Mike Rome, Kayla Braxton, Michael Cole, Wade Barrett, and Pat McAfee,
Goes: Maxxine Dupri, Byron Saxton, Kathy Kelley, Megan Morant, Samantha Irvin, and Pete Rosenberg.
And there you go. If you want to know why someone was on the chopping block, go read the columns and my reasonings. But if all you wanted to know was who I’d keep and who I wouldn’t with AEW and the WWE, well, now you do. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions about any of this or anything at all be it wrestling related or not, just give me a shout.
And with that being said, it’s time to close up shop for the day. Until the next time, take care and be good, my friends. Thank you for your support. I’ll see you at the matches.