The wrestling world is buzzing with the news that Daniel Bryan may be jumping from the good ship WWE to the new pastures of AEW. Not for a long time has a wrestler heading over to another company made such an impact.
During the ‘Monday Night Wars’ between WWE and WCW fans would eagerly switch channels to see what wrestler would turn up on which show. Ever since WWE bought WCW in 2001, serious competition has been brief. But with AEW now on the scene and making some serious waves throughout the industry, there is another company where wrestlers can work with a similar level of exposure.
Wrestling fans are living in an age not seen in the industry for years. Where wrestlers are being released en masse or either asking for their releases to ply their trade elsewhere. But there is a handful of wrestlers that will never go anywhere else.
Of course, one honourable mention who we’ll have to throw in is John Cena! Despite being back with WWE, we’ll give you Cena for free because the 16-time world champion has declared many times that he is “WWE for life” – no matter how many times he departs and for how long – and with the reaction he got upon his most recent return, you can hardly disagree with the motive.
Here are five other WWE Superstars who will likely never wrestle for another company.
5. The Miz
Like it or not The Miz is one of WWE’s most decorated Superstars. Multiple-time champion, WrestleMania headliner, and future WWE Hall of Famer.
His journey with WWE has been one of struggle, perseverance, and ultimately success. His transition from “reality” TV star to WWE Superstar makes him of the promotion’s greatest success stories. He debuted on WWE television as a contestant on Tough Enough in 2004. Although he didn’t win, he was still offered a contract. Due to his previous exploits, he was not welcomed by the locker room or the fans with open arms.
Over the years, the Miz worked extremely hard to earn the respect of his peers and the audience. He reached the pinnacle of sports entertainment by headlining WrestleMania. He is a multi-time champion, a movie star, and one of the best promos in the business.
He plays a prominent role in WWE as an on-screen performer, he is a great ambassador for the company and star of his own WWE-assisted show ‘Miz & Mrs’. He is dependable, loyal, and WWE through-and-through.
4. Charlotte Flair
Charlotte Flair is WWE’s golden goose. She is the most accomplished wrestler in the women’s division. She has won title after title on which brand she is on and she does it in style.
WWE has treated Flair as a top-level star from the start. Her days in NXT saw her capture the women’s title and hold it for 258 days. Ever since she is a constant main eventer, always in the title picture, and an integral part of the women’s division.
Charlotte Flair comes from one of wrestling’s greatest legacies, which WWE has spun in their favour over the past several years. Her surname is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because the name brings heritage, but a curse as it is a huge effort to live up to that dynasty without receiving criticism from fans claiming nepotism. WWE used the Flair name to the fullest and are turning her into this generation’s version of her father. However, Charlotte has used her name to her advantage and stepped out of the shadow of her father, and become a star in her own right.
WWE has spent the best part of a decade making Flair their most decorated and important female Superstar. While Andrade and Ric Flair’s departures from WWE cast a slice of doubt over Charlotte Flair’s future, WWE will likely do everything they can to keep The Queen happy.
3. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins is one of WWE’s greatest success stories. Ever since his debut Rollins was held in high regard by WWE top brass. He was the first-ever NXT Champion and member of the immensely popular faction The Shield. He is a highly-decorated multi-time champion. His accomplishments in WWE make for some impressive reading.
Rollins is a Triple Crown and Grand Slam Champion, plus he is the only wrestler in WWE history to hold the NXT, WWE, and Universal Championships.
When Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 35 he put the company on his back both professionally and personally. He publically and reportedly privately went to bat for the company on several occasions. In 2019 when the company was criticized by pundits and fans alike, Rollins jumped to the defence of the place he dedicates his life to “EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY”.
The statements may not have been received well by those on Twitter but proved that, despite wrestling almost everywhere available to him before joining WWE, Seth Rollins is as much of a company man as you can get.
2. Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch became ‘The Man’ and rose to be one of the biggest stars in the entire industry. Her meteoric rise made her the most important performer in the company. During her run, she was the face of WWE and changed the dynamic of the company. The women’s division was front and centre of everything they did. She headlined numerous shows and PPVs before normalising female talent being featured at the highest level of WWE.
Against the odds, Lynch Becky Lynch became one of WWE’s biggest stars through her genuine likability and realism she was always a fan-favourite throughout her career. Despite her popularity, she is the only “Four Horsewomen” member not to have held the NXT Women’s Championship. However, she made up for that by becoming the first-ever SmackDown Women’s Champion, winner of the 2019 Royal Rumble before going on to main event WrestleMania 35 and defeat Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair to become the first woman to hold the RAW and SmackDown Women’s titles at the same time.
After holding the RAW Women’s Championship for over a year, Lynch relinquished her title to Asuka before announcing her pregnancy. Ever since the WWE Universe has been eagerly awaiting her return and reign once again.
Her return will be a major moment for the women’s division and WWE. Once she does return, it would be a massive shock if she weren’t in WWE for life.
1. Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns has never wrestled for another company and nor will he ever. Like Austin, Rock, and Cena before him, he is the bona fide face of the company. He is the top guy in WWE – if not all of wrestling – and a locker room leader. He is a role model for his peers and fans alike and his list of accolades is astounding.
The Tribal Chief is a five-time WrestleMania headliner, a five-time WWE and Universal Champion and is one of (if not the) biggest names in wrestling. Reigns was destined to be the top guy in the promotion since Vince McMahon handpicked him as his next “guy”. While the road to get there may have been littered with obstacles it is finally paying off ten-fold. Since his return at last year’s SummerSlam, Reigns has been on fire. The ‘Head of the Table and Tribal Chief’ is one of the best heel characters in recent WWE history and dominates everything he does.
Reigns has been in the top guy position before but something about this recent run is just hitting all the right notes. His character development, in-ring work and promos are all top-notch. Not to mention completely baring his soul to the WWE Universe when diagnosed with leukemia, before an incredible fight back to the top of the mountain. We, of course, do not encourage gambling – so please do so responsibly – but if you had to make a bet regarding the future of Roman Reigns, anywhere else but WWE would likely be throwing money away.