In a world where wrestling promotions are in constant competition, it’s not uncommon for wrestlers to switch sides. However, when a wrestler feels they’ve been wronged by a former employer, it can lead to some intense revelations. Such is the case with AEW star Swerve Strickland, who has been vocal about his belief that WWE made a colossal error in letting him go.
Swerve Strickland, a name synonymous with talent and charisma, had a promising journey in WWE. With his Hit Row faction, comprising Top Dolla, B-Fab, and Ashonte Thee Adonis, Strickland was on the path to becoming a significant figure in the wrestling world.
Their time in NXT was marked with success, with Strickland even clinching the NXT North American Champion title.
However, the winds of change blew unexpectedly. Following their promotion to SmackDown in the 2021 WWE Draft, the entire Hit Row faction found themselves without contracts by November of the same year. While most of the Hit Row members made their way back to WWE, Strickland had other plans.
A New Beginning in AEW
By March 2022, Swerve Strickland had already made his debut in AEW. In a candid conversation with Uproxx Sport, he shed light on his feelings post-release. Strickland expressed that his release left a significant chip on his shoulder, pushing him to prove that WWE’s decision was a grave mistake.
His journey in AEW has been nothing short of spectacular. Teaming up with Keith Lee, the duo clinched the AEW World Tag Team Championship.
Strickland’s versatility is evident as he not only excels in the ring but also ventures into music, showcasing his multifaceted talent.
Swerve’s Rising Star in AEW
Since his AEW debut, Strickland has been on a meteoric rise. He’s not just a wrestler; he’s a brand. Leading the Mogul Embassy faction, he’s carved a niche for himself, proving that his release from WWE was indeed their loss.
One of the significant highlights of his AEW career is set to take place at AEW All In on August 27th.
Strickland, teaming up with AR Fox, will face off against the formidable duo of Darby Allin and The Icon Sting in a tag-team coffin match. This match is a testament to Strickland’s growing stature in the wrestling world.