11 Current AEW Wrestlers & Their Hall Of Fame Counterparts
Within two years after its debut, AEW has become the second most popular wrestling promotion after WWE. The Tony Khan-owned promotion has many top-notch talents on their roster whether in the men’s division, women’s division, or the tag team division.
While AEW has been pushing some of their own talents, they also have many former WWE talents. Having such vast and different types of characters on the roster, it is inevitable they’d get compared to some past WWE or WCW wrestlers who have earned the honor to get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
10Jon Moxley & Stone Cold Steve Austin
When Jon Moxley was Dean Ambrose in WWE, he already drew a comparison with Stone Cold Steve Austin for the carefree attitude, but it was PG-oriented. Since debuting in AEW, Moxley has been on a roll.
Just like Austin, Moxley is a rebel, who does anything he wants without thinking much about the consequences. Also, he is outstanding on the microphone and manages to hype every feud with his incredible promos, just like the legendary Hall of Famer.
9Jade Cargill & Chyna
Jade Cargill signed for AEW last year, and she certainly caught the eyes of fans with her imposing physique. She has wrestled in a couple of matches and is slowly going up the ladder in the women’s division. With her muscular physique, she also demonstrates superhuman strength in the ring.
Given her total persona and the physical similarity, Cargill is the counterpart of the 2019 WWE Hall of Famer, Chyna. Cargill has also mentioned that she considers Chyna as her inspiration in wrestling.
8The Young Bucks & Shawn Michaels Of The Rockers
The Young Bucks are one of the popular tag teams of this generation who have conquered many different promotions, including AEW, where they have won the AEW World Tag Team Championship. They have a high-flying wrestling style and produced many incredible matches over the years.
The Rockers, the team of Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels, had similar vibes to The Young Bucks in the 1990s, and they attained popularity in that era. Their wrestling style was way ahead of the time. They also wrestled in different promotions before signing for WWE. Although Marty Jannetty isn’t a WWE Hall of Famer, the legendary Shawn Michaels is one.
7Kenny Omega & Bret Hart
One of the biggest names of the promotion, Kenny Omega is a star and the AEW World Champion. Besides the World Title, the Canadian superstar has also captured the AEW Tag Team Championship. Omega is considered one of the greatest in-ring performers of this generation. Whether in NJPW or AEW, Omega has won titles and delivered five-star matches.
His counterpart would be his fellow Canadian, the legendary Bret Hart. He was one of the best technical wrestlers of his era and dominated WWE in the 1990s. He also succeeded in a different promotion like WCW. Hart was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame individually in 2006. In 2019, Hart was once again inducted into the WWE HOF, this time with Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart as part of The Hart Foundation.
6Anna Jay & Trish Stratus
Anna Jay is definitely a promising young talent in AEW, and she has the potential to be the big name of the women’s division. In the past year, she has made a significant impact, especially after becoming part of The Dark Order. The 22-year stunner has the look, and she also has the dexterity in the squared circle.
Similar to Jay, Trish Stratus was part of T & A in the early days of her career. Besides being a pretty face, Stratus was an exceptional performer and won seven Women’s Titles.
5Darby Allin & Sting
Darby Allin is one of the intriguing personas in AEW. He has an unpredictable dark persona, making him one of the popular men in the AEW roster. He is also the longest-reigning TNT Champion of the promotion.
His dark gimmick can be compared to WCW legend Sting, who is a WWE Hall of Famer. Meanwhile, he has been working with The Icon in AEW as a team. Like Sting, Darby Allin also wears black-and-white face paint.
4Britt Baker & Lita
Britt Baker has been the leader of AEW’s women’s division from the inception of the company. After earning her name in the indies, she was already a known face, but her career took a new turn with a heel turn in AEW. Her character work is exceptional, and she is someone who wrestles every week and is capable of delivering good matches every week.
Lita, the 2014 WWE Hall of Famer, had similar traits when she was in her prime. The four-time Women’s Champion tasted more success as a heel. And much like Baker, Lita was very good in the ring as a wrestler.
3Cody Rhodes & Triple H
Cody Rhodes is one of the primary reasons why AEW exists today. While he is a regular in-ring performer for the company, he is also the Executive Vice President. His TV character also has the same title and possesses corporate influence.
Cody’s role is certainly identical to Triple H’s position in WWE. The Game is the Executive Vice President of WWE and runs the developmental brand, NXT. Wearing a formal suit, his character also shows corporate power at times. As a member of DX, Triple H is a WWE Hall of Famer.
2Adam Page & Edge
From the beginning of AEW’s journey, Adam Page has been one of the biggest assets of the company. He was one of the competitors to fight for the inaugural AEW World Championship. He, eventually, won the AEW Tag Team Titles with Kenny Omega.
Adam Page strikes a similarity with Edge, not only due to the look but also in the career path. Besides sharing Edge’s real-life first name, Adam, he also has long hair and a lean physique like the Rated R Superstar. Following Page’s success as a tag team specialist, it might be a matter of time till he thrives better as a singles star and wins the AEW World Championship.
1MJF & Roddy Piper
It wouldn’t be wrong to call MJF the best bad guy in the business today, and many people do consider him an incredible heel because he always keeps the kayfabe alive, which isn’t usual nowadays with different social media platforms. He is rude, cocky, and disrespectful towards his opponents as well as fans. Not to mention his extraordinary talking skills.
MJF’s ideal Hall of Fame counterpart would be Roddy Piper, who had similar characteristics. He was impeccable on the microphone, and he always created nuclear heat as a heel.