Meet the new one. AEW has put together quite the roster over its history and part of that is due to bringing in new wrestlers here and there. Sometimes you need to add in some fresh blood, which is what AEW often does well. You can get those wrestlers from a variety of places and now it seems that they are at least interested in bringing in someone who used to wrestle elsewhere.

During this week’s AEW Dynamite, former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese was shown sitting in the crowd multiple times and was acknowledged by commentary. There is no word on if Nese has signed with AEW or if he is scheduled to wrestle at any point in the future. Nese was released from his WWE contract in June of this year, ending a run with the company that began in 2016.

You might need a refresher. Check out some of Nese’s time in WWE:

Tony Nese vs. Buddy Murphy - WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: WWE 205 Live, April 9, 2019

Aleister Black vs. Tony Nese: Raw, Dec. 2, 2019

Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese: WWE 205 Live, Feb. 13, 2018

Opinion: This is quite the surprising pick as Nese might not have been the highest names on a lot of fans’ radar. He certainly did well during his time in WWE, but he never quite broke through to the other side. I’m curious to see what AEW does with him as they do have a history of finding hidden gems. I did like some of Nese’s time in WWE though and hopefully he can top that here.

What do you think of Nese? How should he be used in AEW? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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