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If so it's another step to being WCW 2.0 with a bunch of guys with no room for them to all be featured but all being paid a shit ton for the sake of it, I hope this report is false.
 

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Jacob Fatu is currently the MLW champion - I have to believe he's still signed there. He only signed with them this year and debuted in February, so in the very least I'd assume he's there until the early new year. Contra Unit did recently add a new member, maybe they're doing so with the knowledge Fatu is a sure goner when his contract is up as there will be a bidding war for him and MLW obviously can't compete moneywise.
yeah, mjf was with mlw too and had a double contract until his contract was up. they seem to have a good relationship with MLW. we will see how it turns out, rikishi already teased on twitter once about both wwe and aew being interested in his boy lol.
anyway my point is aew could very well secure him even tho he is with mlw by putting him on a contract like they did with mjf and wait until his contract expire to give him a full aew contract. the fact that they can let their guys do indy is an advantage here, if mlw hands them fatu and he becomes a huge deal he will still be able to work the Indies times to times and hence go back there and boost their numbers. I think that was their reasoning with mjf..
 

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Signing could be to non-exclusive deals. AEW is running two shows a week, with the idea if you work one you probably won't work the other. So there is a lot of time for their talent to work elsewhere if they choose.

Could be US/Canada exclusive, no US television/stream, AEW right to first refusal on dates type contracts. This could be their "developmental" of sorts - scout indie talent that might not be ready yet and sign them to modest money deals that gives them enough to be able to wrestle full time largely while staying in the indies, but used on AEW television on occasion to also increase their name brand to charge more on the indies.

Now for this type of contract to work AEW would need to have a right to match stipulation whereby at the end of this type of deal they could retain the wrestler on a full time deal rather than being poached into NXT.
 

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Re: Cody: “We’ve revealed about 40% of the roster. Sometimes it’s better to let the painter paint and then judge the picture.”

DON, Fyter Fest, FFTF all huge failures.
I mean when it comes to roster additions. The ppv's where fine so far.
 

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Re: Cody: “We’ve revealed about 40% of the roster. Sometimes it’s better to let the painter paint and then judge the picture.”

I mean when it comes to roster additions. The ppv's where fine so far.
Omega, Bucks, Cody, Moxley, Jericho, Hangman. Yep. Not stars at all.
 

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According to wiki there are 50 men and women on aew roster. In comparison Raw has 55 men and women and SD 50.

So numbers wise that makes no sense. 40% suggests there is 80 people still to be unveiled bringing roster to 130, much bigger than raw/SD combined yet far less tv to produce and unlikely to be six houseshows weekly like WWE
 

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no way they have only announced 40%. They have enough for a weekly 2 hour show already. 38 men and 12 women according to wiki.

I would think that is closer to 80% maybe. No way it can be only 40%.
 

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LAX
Enzo & Cass
The Revival

Marty Scurll
Rusev
Jeff Cobb

Sasha Banks
Tessa Blanchard
Lana

I know Cody said no to older talent, but with Matt Hardys contract being up at the end of the year, I can see them ringing him in to creative/part time role.

Then there are people who are seemingly retired like Ryback, CM Punk, The Bella Twins etc who could potentially be available.

Don't forget they also have people like DDP, Jake Roberts, Tully Blanchard who are working with them, they could count towards the roster.
 

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I be shocked if they sign many more onto their roster with a two hour show and a few ppv's a year, not many will be seen a lot of TV time. So I can't see many joining the ranks, maybe it's over a few year period with them signing on more names.

I think you might see a few more Joshi's joining the women's division and maybe another one or two American indie women talent.

Maybe another tag team or two like LAX. Probably a big name or two over the next two or three years maybe.

I can't see them bringing in more names over the next few PPV and shows.

I expect a debut or two at All Out. Maybe a debut or two on their first couple of TV shows. But I be surprised after that we see any more names debut unless they are top notch indie talent or big names from WWE Roh, NJPW or Impact.
 

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no way they have only announced 40%. They have enough for a weekly 2 hour show already. 38 men and 12 women according to wiki.

I would think that is closer to 80% maybe. No way it can be only 40%.
Do you really want this to be like WWE where you see the same handful of people in the same matches week after week? I don’t. I’m up for some variety. I’m fine with not seeing a favorite for a few weeks, especially if it means getting different people, different styles, and different matchups every week. Variety is how you avoid over saturation, which is just one of the many problems with that other promotion.
 

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Cause it works so well for WWE.

To have more wrestlers that you can fit in storylines on TV every week.
 

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AEW is already showing a good size of a roster on their website now. Like over 40 wrestlers. Imagine that only being 40%. If they signed 60% more, that would be overkill for a 2 hour weekly show. Even if they rotate the roster, that would be too much talent to satisfy and get their moneys worth from.

I'm sure that AEW will grab some talent out there eventually that are currently signed elsewhere but if the 40% thing is true and they do have 60% more of the roster planned to still reveal then a ton of the lower card guys will suffer from it. Guys that are not well known and want to be used, but aren't because eventually the upper card guys want to be used more. That will happen if what Cody says is true.

That is why I have been saying for awhile that AEWs roster is already full of talent.

WWEs problem is putting on the same matches with the same guys/women every week. Mysterio vs. Andrade for example. AEW can avoid that with only a 40 person roster easily. Just don't book Moxley vs. Spears or Young Bucks vs. SCU on every show for a month like WWE would do.
 

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I think some of you might be taking what he said a bit too literally. There might be a ton of signings that haven't been announced yet, but I doubt it's anything close to 60.
 

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Cody has said they want new stars, not old ones when someone mentioned not getting Goldberg to him, he said its 2019.
Which is why Jericho has a good chance of being their first champion lol. Cody is a promoter now, like Dana White and Vince McMahon take his words with a grain of salt.
 

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Cody has said they want new stars, not old ones when someone mentioned not getting Goldberg to him, he said its 2019.
Which is why Jericho has a good chance of being their first champion lol. Cody is a promoter now, like Dana White and Vince McMahon take his words with a grain of salt.
Jericho has never stopped, he's been an active wrestler for 20 + years. Goldberg had a decade off.
 

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If the rest 60% are wrestlers like Cassidy or Stunt I'll start getting worried.

But it can't be right? Right?
 

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Do you really want this to be like WWE where you see the same handful of people in the same matches week after week? I don’t. I’m up for some variety. I’m fine with not seeing a favorite for a few weeks, especially if it means getting different people, different styles, and different matchups every week. Variety is how you avoid over saturation, which is just one of the many problems with that other promotion.
That’s such an interesting take for prowrestling. Very much more of a UFC mold than established American tv booking. I don’t think AEW would completely abandon a wrestler for a month plus but I’m not opposed to the idea.

Definitely have to have a big roster for this model. Also required to have a bunch of different wrestlers over because if somebody’s Favorite isn’t on a show and they see a bunch of dudes they don’t like it’s easy to start grumbling.
 
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