Famous WWE Wrestlers Who Signed With AEW

Dean Ambrose

Following his WWE departure in 2019, Jon Moxley, formerly Dean Ambrose, swiftly became a dominant force in AEW.  Moxley secured the AEW World Championship, showcasing his versatility with intense wrestling.

Christian Cage

Christian Cage surprised fans with his WWE return at Royal Rumble 2021, but his contract was short-lived. Rather than rejoining WWE, he made a leap to AEW, debuting at Revolution 2021.


Formerly known as Paige in WWE, Saraya, left WWE after her contract ended in 2022 due to a neck issue. She made a comeback in AEW and is now the AEW Women's World Champion.

The Big Show

Paul Wight, once The Big Show in WWE for over 20 years, made a surprising move in February 2021 by joining AEW. While he's semi-retired and currently a color commentator, a return to the ring in AEW isn't off the table.

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho, a wrestling legend, departed WWE in 2018 and made a significant impact as AEW's inaugural big signing in 2019. He became the first AEW World Champion and continues to be a top star.


Edge's impactful WWE comeback at Royal Rumble 2020 lasted nearly four years, making his total WWE tenure 25 years. Now, he's set to become a regular on AEW TV, including weekly competitions.

Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan's move to AEW surprised many after a Wrestlemania main event in 2021. His WWE contract expired, and he joined AEW in September, where he remains a top superstar.