Stars Who Should Attempt to Leave WWE After WrestleMania 36
Reaching the main roster of WWE is a dream come true for many wrestlers, but just because they reach the pinnacle of the business doesn't mean they will be happy with how they're used.
For several frustrated WWE Superstars, leaving the company after WrestleMania 36 would be the best course of action for their careers. Popular performers such as Matt Hardy, The Revival and more would benefit from a change of scenery and a new creative direction.
With rumors swirling about which wrestlers could be leaving for All Elite Wrestling, Impact Wrestling or Ring of Honor, here are the Superstars who should make a name for themselves outside WWE in the coming months.
The duo of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder has proved to be one of the best in all of wrestling since forming, but their contract with WWE is expiring in April 2020, according to Fightful.com.
After a lack of commitment to the tag team division on Raw and SmackDown and a series of lackluster storylines that included a back-shaving segment, The Revival deserve to work for a company that can utilize them properly.
In NXT, Dawson and Wilder were part of some of the best tag team matches in history, but since making the jump to the main roster, they have been mistreated and underutilized. It's time for the duo to be booked like top guys in AEW.
For well over a year, The Revival had a playful relationship with The Young Bucks on social media, but it has led to speculation they could make the jump. Add in rumors that Dawson and Wilder turned down another offer to stay in WWE, per Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda, and their departure from WWE is almost inevitable.
After arguably his best promo since rejoining WWE, Matt Hardy talked to Randy Orton about Edge before being destroyed and written off television. With his contract up in March, Hardy looks destined to walk away from the main roster.
He has been teasing a departure from WWE online for weeks with his Free the Delete YouTube series, and fans are getting excited about the possibility of the Broken brilliance finding its way to a new show.
While Hardy did create the Broken gimmick while he was with Impact Wrestling, the hard feelings when he departed will likely keep him from returning. On the other hand, he has friends in AEW and would probably have creative control once he made the jump.
With AEW looking for an edge that could draw fans into the show, the unbridled creativity of Hardy and the love from fans for the Broken gimmick and the accompanying vignettes would make this a major coup for the new company.
One of the Superstars who got over organically with the WWE Universe is Rusev, but the company never followed up on the success and seemingly punished him for working hard to become a star.
As a result, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t SEScoops) is reporting Rusev was taken off television due to a conflict regarding his current contract, causing The Bulgarian Brute to never get revenge in his storyline against Bobby Lashley.
From an in-ring perspective, Rusev is one of the most talented big men in the sport, mixing raw power with agility. From a character perspective, he has improved exponentially on the mic and became a valuable asset before being cast aside.
No matter whether he goes next, Rusev Day will follow, and he will become the star he should have been in WWE.
There have been many Superstars to make the jump from NXT to Raw or SmackDown, but none had the transition botched worse than EC3. Instead of being treated like a world championship contender, the former Impact star has been an afterthought.
Whether his contract is up before or after WrestleMania on April 5, Ethan Carter III should be asking for a release and finding a new company that can appreciate him. As one of the best talkers in the business, he has not been given a chance to shine on the main roster.
With AEW, ROH, Impact and even NWA looking for larger-than-life personalities, EC3 would be wise to request a release and sit out until he is allowed to perform elsewhere.
After suffering a serious concussion, getting his mind and body ready for a huge run would be wise for the soon-to-be 37-year-old.