With WWE weekly programming becoming stagnant and repetitive, All Elite Wrestling has made professional wrestling, well, fun to watch for fans in 2021. The company produced compelling television shows and tremendous pay-per-view events throughout the year, such as All Out, which has now entered the WrestleMania X-Seven tier of “greatest pro wrestling pay-per-view event of all time.” They even brought in tremendous talent such as CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, and Adam Cole to add to their already-stacked roster, providing a plethora of dream matches down the line. If you are trying to get into following professional wrestling or have fallen out of love with it, give AEW a try. 2021 has been huge, and 2022 could be even greater.
- Scott Rogust
FanSided Staff Writer
Best fan moment of the year
At the conclusion of the All Out main event between AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and Christian Cage, fans witnessed two huge debuts. The first being Adam Cole, who had spent the past five years with WWE on their NXT brand, aligning himself with Omega and his stable “The Elite” Just when it looked like the heels were going to end the night on top, “The American Dragon“ Bryan Danielson walked to the ring and helped Cage and “The Jurassic Express“ from the post-match beatdown to stand tall. It was a moment that truly had the wrestling world buzzing, on the very same night that CM Punk wrestled his first match in seven years.
Why we needed this fandom this year
AEW is the perfect alternative to WWE. While WWE had their highs in 2021 like WrestleMania 37, the weekly television programs like Monday Night RAW were lackluster, often featuring the same matches with the same wrestlers on a weekly basis. AEW has a deep roster of talented athletes who can not only put on great matches but also entertain you with promos.