I'm in and out on AEW, but what I've seen has been really good. Two things:
1) They are really lacking in women's wrestling talent. They're like WWE was in about 2008, except they're not doing jello and B&P matches.
2) Their promos are outstanding. Cody and Jericho have had two of the three best promos this whole year, and they've only been on the air, what, 5 weeks?
Same. I'm paying attention but not actively watching.
Yeah that was my big feeling a couple months ago. When I was thinking, how would I try to compete as fast as possible? Adding talent was #1-3 and I SWORE they were going to poach a couple of the girls when it seemed like they started getting buried. With Sasha ending her contract and being mad at the WWE storyline, I SWORE she was going to be the first, and then a couple of the others would follow and that would flesh that out, when she resigned with WWE that was a huge blow to AEW. I think Orton was in a way too, just because there really isn't much out there for them to go after.
Ambrose was a good coup. But Rowan looks like he may be the next, and maybe like the Revival (in case anyone is wondering why they keep getting pushes right now, it's cause they are trying to keep them happy for negotiations). I think HHH realizes they dodged a bullet with TNA. They let a lot of guys go, especially some aging guys that still had some drawing power, and TNA had a lot of up and coming talent. If they had the funding behind them like AEW seems to and would have made better choices on a structure, I think they legit would have been a contender. I think Hunter knows the best way to keep that from happening is to secure the young talent he's raised, and to give more opportunities so guys/gals don't get frustrated and look to jump ship when their deals are over.
The next area I think AEW will start to browse is going to be MMA. Looking for some guys like Riddle, Cain etc. who may be kind of done over there, but could train and do well in wrestling. Imagine how different things would be looking right now had AEW been the ones to sign Ronda and her horsewomen?