Recently interviewed by CBS Sports, AEW President Tony Khan gave a hint on who is a wrestler to keep an eye on in 2022.
The name in question is Darius Martin, who is the older brother of recent sensation Dante with whom he forms the tag team Top Flight with: “I think for a variety of reasons, there’s a number of people I’m excited to feature in the coming year. For example, it was completely out of everyone’s control, but Darius Martin has been out injured and I think he’s tremendous. I would love to get him back soon and teaming with his brother, Dante. Dante has become a big star and I think they were tremendous as a tag team. When the injury happened, Darius was 21 and Dante was 19. Now Dante is 20 and has been featured so much on Dynamite and Rampage and has now been a main eventer on Dynamite. When Darius comes back, I think he’s somebody that could come in and be great for us. So I’m really excited about him in particular. That’s an important name to keep an eye on.”
Talking about younger talents, Khan was asked if he has the next champions planned out. The recent arrival of so many top wrestlers has caused a major change in plans: “I think a lot has changed in recent months and some huge stars have come into AEW. The No. 1 contender now is Bryan Danielson. I think that’s the biggest rivalry in AEW and maybe all of wrestling right now. Bryan Danielson vs. Hangman Page. Bryan Danielson, I can tell you officially as the rankings committee, Bryan Danielson is still the No. 1 contender, and I’m very excited for the resolution of this situation. So any plans that we might’ve had in advance really have to go out the window when you have such a great No. 1 contender stepping into the situation. And so many other huge wrestlers have joined AEW just in recent months. Huge names like CM Punk, Adam Cole, Malakai Black, Andrade El Idolo and many others. There is a great title picture and a lot of other great wrestlers in AEW who I think could be great champions like PAC, MJF, Jungle Boy, Sammy Guevara, Darby Allin and so many other great wrestlers potentially who could step up.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.