AEW made ripples in the pro wrestling industry when Tony Khan, along with Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks, introduced the new wrestling promotion to the Wrestling Universe and managed to garner their own set of fans in a short time. Let’s take a look at some of the best AEW moments of 2019.
5. The Paradigm Shift
When Dean Ambrose, now known as Jon Moxley, left WWE in April this year, it came as a major shock to everyone involved. Moxley was one of the loyalists in WWE, working his butt off for the company. Prior to his injury in early 2018, he rarely took time off and was the workhorse of the company.
However, it all changed when he refused a contract extension and instead signed with the then newly formed All Elite Wrestling. In one of the most memorable debuts of the year, Moxley made his debut after the main-event of AEW Double or Nothing and hit Chris Jericho with his trademark DDT.
Moxley has since then gone on to become the top guy in the company and is currently the top-ranked superstar in the singles division with an AEW title shot coming soon for the former Lunatic Fringe. Moxley promised a Paradigm Shift after his debut, and so far, he has succeeded greatly.
4. The Inner Circle Debuts
AEW is currently filled to the brim with stables, but it all started with the debut of The Inner Circle, led by AEW World Champion Chris Jericho. Jericho recruited his fellow former WWE star Jake Hager, young upstart Sammy Guevara and the charismatic duo of Santana & Ortiz to his Inner Circle.
Together, these five individuals have dominated AEW over the past few months, and it all started on the second episode of AEW Dynamite when Jericho officially announced the stable.
The group has grown on to become the perfect foil for the babyface group The Elite, comprising of Kenny Omega, Young Bucks and occasionally Dustin Rhodes, and Cody.