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As some will know, January 1 sees the contract of some of New Japan Pro Wrestling's best talent expire.

Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks are all part of the Bullet Club breakaway faction 'The Elite', and all have a big decision to make before 2019 begins.

But some interesting news broke last week regarding a potential new wrestling promotion being spearheaded by the aforementioned names.

A limited liability company named 'All Elite Wrestling' has been formed at the address of NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars, and it's thought that co-owner Tony Khan will be the mastermind behind it all.

Trademarks have been filed for All Elite Wrestling, alongside 'AEW Double or Nothing', 'Double or Nothing', 'AEW All Out', 'All Out', and 'Tuesday Night Dynamite' - so it does look like things are progressing.

Nothing can really be agreed until 2019, with the Bucks allegedly being central to any deal made, are still under contract unlike the free agent Rhodes.

You can bet that some disgruntled WWE stars will want in on the business though should it come to fruition - so we've named five talents who could be seeking pastures new away from the 'big leagues'.

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson have been majorly underused in WWE - they could be the first to defect to AEW.

Despite having a run as Tag Team Champions in early 2017, things just haven't worked out for the Good Brothers.

An early partnership with AJ Styles showed promise, but Styles was packed off to SmackDown - then they linked up with their former Bullet Club leader Finn Balor briefly at the start of 2018.

They've shown in New Japan though that they're extremely talented, and they're quite frankly wasted in WWE, so joining forces with their old friends the Bucks may tempt them.

Rusev

Rusev is another one that has been criminally-treated on SmackDown who could depart.

Another talented individual who hasn't gotten the opportunities he deserves, Rusev could've been a WWE Champion if they capitalised on his popularity this past summer.

It wasn't to be though, and the Bulgarian Brute has somewhat faded back into obscurity on SmackDown Live.

A change of scenery could do him the world of good - somewhere that will take him more seriously.

Bobby Roode

Bobby Roode is overdue a heel turn on Raw, but he could leave WWE before that even happens.

After showing such promise in NXT, Roode was brought up to the main roster in 2017 as a babyface, which is fine for a while.

But we all know Roode's best work is as a heel - it's now been over a year since his debut and he still plays a babyface character.

You get the feeling that Roode may soon grow tired of being used as a throwaway act on Raw, and All Elite Wrestling could give him the platform to revitalise his career.

Harper

Harper has been absent from television for three months, WWE may have no plans for him.

Off television since he lost the SmackDown Tag titles to The New Day with partner Rowan, Harper is one of the most technically-gifted big men on the whole roster.

A brief run with the Intercontinental Championship in late 2014 showed WWE thought highly of him back then, but it isn't too late to bring Harper back to tv and give him a singles run - he was popular with fans when a part of the Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt saga in 2017.

But having not appeared for three months, there's every chance Harper could be disgruntled with life in WWE, and a move could happen.

Samoa Joe

WWE have failed to let Samoa Joe loose with the WWE title, and they may not have many more plans left for him.

Whilst this is a bit of a wildcard, Joe isn't strange to working on the independent scene.

Despite being at the top of the card for many months, WWE have refused to put a shiny belt on him despite being one of the best in-ring and on-mic workers in the entire company.

It would be very surprising if Joe did jump ship, but if he did, you can hardly blame him after they won't give him the ball and let him run with it.

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