All Elite Wrestling (AEW) "Dark" talents Sonny Kiss and Ryan Nemeth have asserted that their popularity is on par with AEW's main roster stars, despite not being featured as prominently on major shows like "Dynamite" and "Rampage." They believe that "AEW Dark" wrestlers, often called "jobbers," are just as talented and famous as the top names in the company, such as the reigning AEW World Champion MJF and former champion Kenny Omega.
On April 7, Ryan Nemeth took to Twitter to showcase evidence supporting his claim. He shared several photos from The Shop AEW Instagram account, where reels featuring Nemeth received more views than those with Omega. One reel with Nemeth amassed 300k views, while a reel with Omega only reached 222k.
Another example showed a reel with Omega and Don Callis at 174k views, while Nemeth's reel boasted 170k views. In a more striking comparison, Nemeth had 170k views on one reel, while a reel with MJF only had 87.2k views.
Dark Wrestlers Address Popularity
Sonny Kiss chimed in on Nemeth's tweet, emphasizing that the "AEW Dark" wrestlers are as famous and talented as their main roster counterparts.
However, she pointed out that they are "systematically not supposed to be as popular," suggesting that the company's structure might be holding them back from achieving greater fame. Ryan Nemeth's last appearance on "Dynamite" dates back to March 2, 2022, when he teamed up with Peter Avalon for the AEW World Tag Team Title #1 Contendership Casino Tag Team Royale match.
His last "Rampage" match was on February 10. On the other hand, Sonny Kiss has not had a match on "Dynamite" since October 21, 2020, where she lost to Kenny Omega in the first round of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament.
Her most recent "Rampage" match took place in August 2022. While it's true that AEW's main roster stars often receive more attention and exposure, the performances of Sonny Kiss and Ryan Nemeth on AEW's "Dark" show have garnered them a dedicated fan base.
Their claims of equal popularity and talent highlight the potential of AEW's "Dark" wrestlers, who may not always be in the limelight but still possess the skills and charisma to captivate audiences.
Are #AEWDark wrestlers (who don’t win) supposed to be this popular compared to the main roster storyline guys I’m worried is this bad am I doing it wrong HELP pic.twitter.com/fuEMmnhPHT— Ryan Nemeth (@ryrynemnem) April 7, 2023