The debut event from AEW, Double or Nothing proved to be a commercial and critical success.
Whilst the big talk pre events focused on The Elite, the company brought in several unknown faces for their first PPV offering.
To some, many of these talent where familiar quantities for their work on the independents. But too those more accustomed to WWE, these same individuals came to their attention for the first time this past weekend.
Here, we picked out five wrestlers that aren’t The Elite, Jericho or Moxley who made an impact at Double or Nothing.
This kid oozes a confidence and swagger that is so infectious.
MJF has become a regular on the Being The Elite YouTube channel as the new protege to Cody Rhodes.
A natural on the mic at such a young age, he exhibits most of the promo talent that The Miz did so well at the peak of his heel run.
Expect big things in AEW over the next 12 months from the 23 year old.
Talk about a physical presence. Many will know Luchasaurus from his work in Lucha Underground as Vibora.
Having also been a part of the early days of NXT, the 36 year old made it to the final three of the Buy In Battle Royal.
His chemistry with the likes of Angelico on the independent scene will surely see him become a standout of the All Elite midcard.
Speaking of Angelico, his tag team partner on Saturday will be a familiar face to many.
Jack Evans broke out as one of the top performers in TNA’s re-evaluation of their X-Division in 2011.
Despite losing out to Austin Aries to earn a contract with the promotion, he was arguably the top star in that tournament.
Now 37, the high flyer remains one of the sport’s top sleeper talents. His match at Double or Nothing was probably one of the surprise hits of the night.
His move set is scary good, so he should be a guarantee highlight reel week in-week out.
How great is it seeing The King of The Goths so prominent in a promotion like this?
The longest reigning Progress champion recently bowed out of British wrestling in a bloody mess against Paul Robinson.
Just a few weeks later, he’s stapling cigarettes to people’s heads. Some things just never change eh?
Reaching the last four of the Battle Royal and being involved in the title presentation segment of the show means the company likely has big plans for Havoc.
Which is pleasing given the level of performance he put in wrestling in Scotland and the UK over the last seven years.
The real life girlfriend of Adam Cole showed she is a star in her own right.
Baker is the only employee female star from All In’s fatal four way women’s match. This Saturday saw her take part in the same style match against two more unknown quantities and an established star in Awesome Kong.
The practicing dentist showed she wasn’t overwhelmed by the occasion. Her performance and victory outlined just how big a star she could become.
She’s surely now the early favourite to become the first AEW female champion.