What do you think of Wheeler Yuta in AEW? Is Wheeler Yuta the next big star in AEW?
Just like in any sport, we are always looking ahead to the next generation. Who will be the future, who will go down in history as a great, who will define a generation? One wrestler who has made a big impact over the past few months is AEW’s Wheeler Yuta.
Being only 25 years old, he is younger than some of the other hot prospects in the wrestling world today, such as MJF, Darby Allin, and Sammy Guevara. Despite being so young, Wheeler has wrestled in many promotions, such as AEW, CHIKARA, CZW, GCW, Evolve, NJPW, and ROH, as well as many other companies.
Wheeler Yuta in AEW
Wheeler Yuta made his AEW debut in June 2021, in a losing effort to Karl Anderson on AEW Dark Elevation. Not even one month later, Wheeler is wrestling on AEW Fyter Fest Night 1 against Sammy Guevara, and Fyter Fest Night 2 against Darby Allin. This alone shows how much faith Tony Khan has in Wheeler Yuta, putting him in high profile matches since the start of his AEW career.
As of April 1st 2022, Wheeler Yuta boasts a positive Win/Loss record in AEW of 22-18. Whilst most of his wins have been against undercard talent, a lot of his losses have come against much more experienced wrestlers, and people who have held championships around the world, such as Adam Cole, PAC, and Penta El Zero Miedo.
Being booked in matches against such high quality opponents, so early into his AEW career really shows how much faith the company has in Wheeler, and how over he is gradually becoming with the fans.
During the AEW St.Patrick’s Day Slam event on March 16th 2022, Wheeler Yuta teamed with ally Chuck Taylor, in a losing effort to Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson, now known as ‘Blackpool Combat Club’. Following the match, Wheeler opted to slide back into the ring and offer William Regal (The founder and manager of BCC) a handshake. Regal proceeded to slap Yuta in the face – the exact same thing he did to Moxley and Danielson when forming the Blackpool Combat Club.
This little thread seems to imply that Wheeler Yuta could very soon be joining the group, and under the tutelage of 3 world class performers, it really does appear that Wheeler Yuta’s potential is unlimited.
During the March 30th 2022 episode of AEW Dynamite, Wheeler Yuta Squared off against Bryan Danielson, of the Blackpool Combat Club. Danielson wanted Wheeler to prove his tenacity and grit, and show the Blackpool Combat Club why he could become a future star.
During the match, Wheeler reversed Danielson’s offense, and started to deliver downward elbow strikes to Danielson’s neck. This is a move that Danielson often uses, and it is seen as being very violent and aggressive. Whilst Wheeler delivered these elbow strikes, the fans in attendance stood up from their seats, and really cheered on Wheeler.
This further cements the idea that he is getting over with the crowd, and just about everybody wants to see him join the British Combat Club. Shortly after, Danielson hit Wheeler with a running knee, and then went to deliver multiple stops onto Wheeler’s head. This is a signature move of Danielson, but when he grabbed Wheeler’s arms to set up the stomps, Wheelers spat straight into Danielson’s face, which received a huge ovation from the audience.
During this match, Wheeler also showed tremendous technical ability, as well as emotion and energy – all things that are necessary to stand out as a top-level wrestler.
As for what lies ahead, it might be too early to say, but I don’t think anyone would be surprised if Wheeler won the TNT Championship within the next 12 months. We could even see him challenging for the AEW World Championship down the line, but only time will tell. One thing is for certain however – Wheeler Yuta has a huge amount of potential, and now potentially being paired with the experience and excellence of the Blackpool Combat Club, we will all have to keep a close eye on how he progresses.
Do you think Wheeler Yuta is going to be a big star in AEW? Will we see Wheeler Yuta join Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley as part of William Regal’s “Blackpool Combat Club”? Let us know in the comments or click below to read more
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.