Tony Khan’s wrestling company AEW, which was launched earlier this year to compete with WWE, is going to make its Weekly Show debut on 2 October (3 October in India) to compete with NXT.
The AEW roster is full of top-class wrestlers who have impressed everyone with their performances in the Indies in the past. Apart from this, its roster also includes many former WWE Superstars and stars of Impact Wrestling.
The competition between AEW and WWE is compared to the Monday Night Wars between WCW and WWE of the 90s. At that time, pro wrestling was very popular and both these promotions tried their best to give the audience a good show every week. WWE won the Monday Night Wars during Attitude Era, causing many superstars to become very popular among viewers.
Some of these superstars of Attitude Era are currently part of AEW, some of which are still active in the ring today, while some superstars are working backstage. In this article, we are going to tell about 5 such superstars who are part of AEW today.
# 1 Dean Malenko
Dean Malenko is probably one of the technically most capable wrestlers to have entered the WWE and, like Goldust, he was part of both WWE and WCW at the time of Monday Night Wars. He joined WWE in 2000 and after his debut, he became part of the Radicals Factions of Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn, and Chris Banwa. He became a 2-time Light Heavyweight Champion during his WWE career and after retiring he worked as a producer in WWE for nearly 18 years. Dean left WWE earlier this year and currently serves as Senior Producer at AEW.
# 2 Billy Gun
Billy Gun was also an important part of the Attitude Era and during his career, he was also a part of popular factions like D-Generation X and The New Age Outlaws. He left the company in 2004 after making his debut in 1993 and staying in WWE for nearly a decade. Billy has been an Intercontinental and Hardcore Champion, winning Tag Team Championships 11 times in his WWE career.
He returned to WWE in 2012 after a clash with TNA but was released in 2015 due to being found positive in the drugs test. He was also a part of the 25th Anniversary episode of Raw in 2018, following which he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and is currently working as a producer at AEW.
# 3 Tommy Dreamer
Tommy Dreamer is a hardcore wrestling legend and used to be an important part of the WWE as well as ECW. Dreamer joined WWE in 2001 at the end of Attitude Era. He won the Hardcore Championship 14 times during his career. Apart from this, he has also been the ECW Champion. Tommy worked in WWE for nearly a decade and after that, he moved to TNA. In 2015, Dreamer returned to the WWE once again.
Dreamer was part of AEW’s first PPV double and Battle Royal match in Nothing which was won by Adam Page. It was later revealed that Tommy was working as a backstage producer on the show. PWInsider also believed he was also working as a producer in All Out PPV.
# 4 Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho is perhaps the greatest AEW signed superstar to have worked in the WWE for nearly two decades. He joined WWE in 1999 and went on to become one of the most prolific Heel Superstars ever.
He won several titles in WWE even after the death of Attitude Era and this Era. He also had animosity with superstars like The Rock, Triple H, China during Attitude Era. Jericho took a break from WWE several times due to his music and acting career.
Let me tell you that Jericho recently revealed that he had joined AEW by telling the WWE company because Vince McMahon is his friend and he did not want to cheat him. Jericho became the first AEW World Champion to beat Adam Page in the All Out PPV.
# 5 Dustin Rhodes
The son of Legendary Dusty Rhodes and brother of Cody Rhodes, Dustin Rhodes spent most of his career in WWE as a mid-card wrestler, and during this time he won the Tag Team Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the Hardcore Championship.
His character (Goldust) used to be an important part of the WCW during the Attitude Era. Surprisingly, he changed his place between WWE and WCW 4 times during Monday Night Wars. In 2013, he returned to WWE for the 5th time and after spending 6 years in the company, he became part of AEW earlier this year where he fought his first match against his brother Cody Rhodes.