Ricky Starks Names AEW’s Underrated Stars

Ricky Starks

FTW Champion Ricky Starks recently revealed who he considers to be the most underrated wrestlers in AEW right now.

The charismatic rising star has been turning heads this year with his promos and work with tag partner Powerhouse Hobbs. Despite garnering increasingly positive reactions for his work, Ricky Starks is yet to get his hands on any official AEW gold.

Securing a championship is a hurdle for many promising young talents in the promotion right now. At a recent virtual signing with K&S WrestleFest, Ricky Starks named several stars he believes are currently not getting the praise they deserve, one of whom just happened to be the man himself:

“I really like Isiah from Private Party. I really like Ethan Page, Daniel Garcia. I think those are a good handful of underrated people, including myself.”

The Team Taz standout has made a lot of progress in AEW since returning from his neck injury last year. After an entertaining feud with Brian Cage, Ricky Starks replaced him as the crew’s leading figure, carrying Taz’s infamous FTW belt with pride.

While he’s yet to become a made man in any of AEW’s championship scenes, Ricky Starks is no stranger to being a contender. In this regard, he’s doing considerably better than some of the stars he mentioned above.

In the case of Daniel Garcia, his recent dominance in PWG has gone largely unsung in AEW. After initially being tipped for the Blackpool Combat Club, the promising young technician was inducted into the Jericho Appreciation Society instead.

Despite being featured against exciting opposition like CM Punk, Bryan Danielson and Eddie Kingston, Garcia is yet to pick up any notable wins.

As part of Men of the Year, Ethan Page has garnered some acclaim for his humorous heel promos. Similar to Daniel Garcia, however, ‘All Ego’ rarely picks up any major victories and is nowhere near the level of success tag partner Scorpio Sky has enjoyed in AEW.

Whether any of the wrestlers mentioned here can make a jump up the card in the coming months remains to be seen. With such a star-studded roster, it’s hardly surprising AEW struggle to give every star the push fans and fellow wrestlers believe they deserve.

H/t to Fightful