At Double Or Nothing 2021, we finally got a taste of what Anthony Ogogo is able to do in the ring. He was signed to AEW back in April of 2019, and finally made his full in-ring debut. Two squash matches with Cole Karter & Austin Gunn showed that he can end a match with a single punch, and an extended match with Cody Rhodes showed potential. However, it’s important to remember that he’s a developmental project for AEW.
Anthony Ogogo Took A Massive Pay Cut For AEW
As a retired olympic level boxer in the UK, Ogogo would be a frequent flier on TV programs like Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Haunted Mansion and Bear Grylls’ The Island. He’d have been well off in this career, to the point where taking a developmental contract with AEW was a massive paycut.
“I’m not even on a tier. I took a pay cut to do this,” Ogogo said when asked about his contract during an interview with Wrestling Inc. “That’s how much I wanted to do this. I took a massive pay cut to do this. I’m on a developmental contract. I might be their first developmental wrestler. As it happened, I just developed a hell of a lot quicker than anyone thought I’d develop. The development is over on Sunday when I pin Cody to the mat, 1-2-3. Actually, I’m not going to pin him. I’m going to spark him out. I’m going to knock his block off. When he’s rendered unconscious, that’s when my development ends.”
Ogogo Has Massive Potential With AEW
While his big debut match wasn’t exactly impressive, Ogogo has a lot of potential in AEW. He already looks, walks, and talks like a star. For someone wrestling his first big match, he was pretty good. Ogogo was able to move around the ring smoothly, and had a few impressive moves with an Olympic Slam and Frog Splash.
Considering before that, he mainly stuck to punches? He did fine. The in-ring work will improve in time, but you really can’t teach being able to walk around like a champion. Do you think Anthony Ogogo has potential in AEW? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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