Swerve Strickland Expresses Desire for Sami Callihan to Join AEW as a Mentor

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Could Sami Callihan become All Elite? His protégé Swerve Strickland hopes so.

Callihan finished his time with Impact Wrestling earlier this year and is currently a free agent, one that AEW reportedly has its eye on.


Speaking on a recent edition of the “Grapsody” podcast, Strickland shared that he would love to face Callihan should the former Impact World Champion sign with the company. He said,

“Of course, I want to go after that guy. That’s my mentor, man. I faced a lot of my mentors in the past in my career. Rey Mysterio was a big mentor to me back in Lucha Underground. Sami Callihan, when I had a really hot run on the indies and stuff. Sami was a big part of that. He’s a free agent out there, I hope to see him in AEW or wherever you want to go. I just want him to prosper in this business for a long time. He deserves that, brilliant mind.”

Former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, who is a former tag-team partner of Callihan, is reportedly one of the loudest advocates within AEW for the company to hire him.

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Sami Callihan, the former Impact World Champion, has recently finished his time with Impact Wrestling and is now a free agent. It has been reported that All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has shown interest in signing him. Callihan’s protégé, Swerve Strickland, has expressed his desire to face him in the ring if he joins AEW.
In a recent episode of the “Grapsody” podcast, Strickland spoke about his admiration for Callihan and his eagerness to compete against him. He referred to Callihan as his mentor and mentioned that facing mentors in his career has been a significant part of his growth as a wrestler. Strickland highlighted the influence of Rey Mysterio during their time together in Lucha Underground and credited Callihan for his successful run on the independent wrestling scene. He expressed his hope to see Callihan prosper in the business and praised his brilliant mind.
Former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, who was once a tag-team partner of Callihan, is reportedly advocating for AEW to sign him. Moxley’s support adds weight to the possibility of Callihan joining AEW in the future.
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As the wrestling world eagerly awaits Sami Callihan’s next move, it remains to be seen if AEW will be his new home. Nonetheless, the potential matchup between Callihan and his protégé Swerve Strickland has already generated excitement among fans. Whether they face off in AEW or elsewhere, their encounter promises to be a thrilling clash between two talented wrestlers.