Predicting Which 4 AEW Singles Wrestlers Will Steal 2023
In a earlier listing, we cowl which AEW tag groups would possibly flourish with a “particular attraction” singles World Champion in MJF. Now, on the opposite aspect of the fence, which particular person wrestlers would possibly blossom regardless of fewer probabilities on the males’s World title, and which wrestlers would possibly flourish in different energetic title scenes? Which names would possibly even flourish exterior of 1?
(1) Konosuke Takeshita
Konosuke Takeshita had fairly the breakout yr in 2022. The ten-year professional was acquainted with the AEW viewers with spirited performances towards names like Adam Web page, Jon Moxley, and Eddie Kingston. Protected to say he was AEW’s debut of the yr, semantics apart.
Takeshita has taken to this current success, committing to remain within the US for the foreseeable future. However this in-demand standing additionally sees him having to doubtlessly cope with a number of factions gives. Don Callis of The Elite has made his recruitment curiosity clear on Elevation. Takeshita has additionally now gone head-to-head with each chief of Blackpool Fight Membership, who might unanimously see one thing in him.
In any case, the indicators level to a busy yr for Takeshita.
(2) Kenny Omega
From November 2021 to January 2023, Kenny Omega has wrestled a complete of two singles matches. Upon getting back from accidents, Omega could be dedicated to the model new trios division with The Elite, turning into a 2-time World Trios champion within the course of.
It would not take lengthy for him to win singles gold, nevertheless, capturing the IWGP US Heavyweight title precisely one week earlier than his second Trios reign. And with the US title round his waist, there could also be a no greater assertion of Omega’s return to common singles motion than a string of dominant defenders as twin champion.
2022 was Jon Moxley’s yr because the “forbidden door.” 2023 is all however set to be Omega’s long-awaited flip.
Eddie Kingston’s onscreen presence has been enormously lowered since dropping to Sammy Guevara by DQ in September 2022. Kingston’s final 2 PPV matches passed off on the Zero Hour, regardless of him being the star of the present at Double or Nothing‘s Anarchy within the Enviornment.
However regardless of a show-stealing battle with Tomohiro Ishii and a touching second with Jun Akiyama, Kingston’s absence (up till his current Home of Black encounters) is badly felt. Extra so when the World Champion brings up your title on TV, unprompted, simply to take pictures at you.
Might this 2022 downtime have been for Kingston’s personal good? Or for our personal good?
Julia Hart could also be a neophyte nonetheless rising into her scream. But when we are able to study something from a rookie like Jade Cargill, a bit of self-assurance and numerous back-ups can go an extended, good distance.
Hart has been on a dominant streak on Elevation Since mid-2022, adopting a Malakai Black calmed earlier than transitioning to match-ending depth. Away from the ring, Hart has additionally taken a extra energetic function within the group as a banshee-like distraction and harbinger of destruction.
Maybe, this depraved streak results in an even bigger story this yr for the woman with the corrupted eye. Or maybe, she bides her time a bit of extra…
- hikaru shida, who, for the primary time in AEW, appears to show ambiguous intentions. Factor is, given presumptive opposition like Saraya, followers in all probability would not thoughts. At this level, with this lot, Shida can do no flawed.
- Jade Cargill, who had simply had her longest profession match develop into her greatest one. As she continues to adapt to longer matches, and make enemies out of Baddies left and proper, we could also be discovering out what That Bitch is de facto manufactured from in 2023.
- Adam Cole, who returned after six months on account of accidents, with a brand new lease on professional wrestling. The primary evening again, he guarantees he has solely scratched the floor with what he can do in AEW.