2023 marks four years in business for All Elite Wrestling. The company has had a variety of highs and lows throughout this time, and each year seems to bring something different to the company. The booking of AEW’s women’s division has been heavily scrutinized for the majority of the past four years, but there is hope that 2023 could bring some major changes. I have compiled a small list of predictions that I think will happen in AEW in 2023. What do you think will happen in 2023? Tweet me @abbimcmillen or @WWTalkPod.
There will be a stronger focus on women’s tag teams
In AEW, tag team wrestling is extremely important. They have some of the world’s best men’s tag teams, as well as a Trio Championship for trios’ teams. However, there hasn’t been much thought given to women’s tag teams with regard to long-term booking. Of course, there is no shortage of tag teams in the AEW right now. Tag teams have been used frequently by Madison Rayne and Skye Blue, Tay Melo and Anna Jay, Penelope Ford and the Bunny, Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter, and others. I have brought up the idea of introducing a women’s tag team championship in an ideal world, but until the women are given more time and/or their own show, it really doesn’t make sense to introduce a new championship when the company has been struggling to showcase both the AEW Women’s Championship and the TBS Championship on a weekly basis. I am hoping they bring back the Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament since that was a fun way to get tag teams involved on the various shows.
AEW Dark and Elevation will have more importance in the women’s division
AEW Dark: Elevation and AEW Dark are AEW’s weekly Youtube shows, taking place on Monday and Tuesday nights, respectively. There are always many more women’s matches on both of these shows each week, and it is not out of the ordinary for the women to main event. Sometimes stories will develop on either show and spill over into Ravage and Rampage, but these stories are mostly used to highlight specific individuals. The women are not getting a lot of time on their flagship shows, which I am also hoping changes this year, it is reasonable to give the women sometime during Dark and Elevation to tell stories, work on their character and promo skills, and continue to prove why AEW employs some of the greatest wrestlers in the world. It would also bring more views to Dark and Elevation if stories started to culminate on Dynamite and Rampage or if short highlight videos were shown to promote recent events on the Youtube shows.
Jade Cargill will continue her absolute dominance
Jade Cargill is undefeated in her professional wrestling career and is currently sitting at 46-0. As the inaugural and current TBS Champion, Jade has defeated every single person that has come her way, including Nyla Rose, Anna Jay, and Athena, just to name a few. Recently, she defended the TBS Championship against former baddie Kiera Hogan, where it looked promising for Kiera at times during the match, but she ultimately became Jade’s 46th win. You were present. In 2023, the 23-year-old will have 6 years of ring experience and is improving with each match. A mainstay on Dark and Elevation, she has found herself wrestling on Dynamite and Rampage a little more frequently in the past few months. The fact that she is working with the experienced Madison Rayne has made her a better performer. Whether it’s a tag match, a singles match, or a championship match, Skye gives it all in the ring every single time and has shown noticeable improvement during her time in AEW. Skye has been starting to get a lot of attention and praise on social media in recent weeks. This week on Dynamite, she teamed with Kiera Hogan to take on Jade Cargill and Red Velvet. Skye Blue is easy to love and easy to cheer for. She also makes the perfect underdog in any situation, especially when championships are involved. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see much more Blue in AEW this year, and I also think we will see her in a lot of high-profile matches as she proves why she belongs in AEW’s women’s division.
Mercedes Moné (Sasha Banks) will sign with AEW
There is a lot of excitement and buzz surrounding Mercedes Varnado, formerly known as Sasha Banks, and where she might sign since she is officially a free agent as of January 1st. She recently appeared in Japan for NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom as her first booking since she walked out of WWE with Naomi. Mercedes Varnado is the star power that the women’s division needs right now. They got a huge boost with Saraya singing with the company, but I think Mercedes could take everything to a whole new level. Mercedes could be the one to finally defeat Jade for the TBS Championship. She could also have a spectacular run as AEW Women’s Champion. There are many dreams matches for Mercedes in AEW, and it wouldn’t be a struggle to find a story for her to be a part of. Mercedes would bring a much-needed spotlight to AEW’s women’s division and would only elevate the division as a whole. The possibilities are endless for her at AEW, and I hope she considers signing with the company where she can have more creative control and have her voice heard. I also believe Mercedes would force AEW to spend more of their television time focusing on the women since she is such a huge star in and out of the ring.