In the world of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Swerve Strickland has been making waves with his recent accomplishments, most notably his significant victory over former AEW Champion 'Hangman' Adam Page at WrestleDream. In an exclusive interview with Fightful’s Grapsody, Strickland, who leads the Mogul Embassy faction, drew intriguing comparisons between himself and the iconic Marvel character Killmonger, portrayed by actor Michael B.
Jordan in the Black Panther franchise. Strickland's comparison to Killmonger may seem unconventional at first glance, as Killmonger is not your typical clean-cut hero in the Marvel universe. However, Strickland believes that, much like Killmonger, he has captivated fans despite portraying a heel persona within AEW.
He explained, "I’m giving them a different feel. I see myself almost like a Killmonger. You know he’s doing some bad stuff in the movie, but you are going to gravitate towards him or be appalled by him, by his actions.
That’s just a feel." This analogy has sparked intrigue and debate among AEW fans, who are now closely following Strickland's career trajectory. One notable voice in the wrestling world, former ECW Champion Matt Hardy, expressed his belief on his podcast, The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, that Strickland is on the cusp of an AEW World Championship run.
Hardy praised Strickland's exceptional qualities, stating, "I think he’s a guy that deserves to have a great spot in AEW and build around that guy, let him be one of the building blocks of the company."
Diversity and Inclusion Impact
Hardy went on to emphasize Strickland's outstanding character, both in terms of his on-screen persona and his behind-the-scenes demeanor.
He also highlighted the importance of diversity and inclusion in today's wrestling landscape, noting that Strickland's success could contribute positively to this aspect of the industry. With Strickland's current momentum and the support of fellow wrestlers like Matt Hardy, there is growing anticipation within the AEW fanbase regarding his potential rise to the AEW World Championship.
As Strickland continues to make strides in the ring and build his fanbase, the wrestling world will be watching closely, eager to see if he can achieve the championship status that many believe he rightfully deserves. Stay tuned for more updates on Swerve Strickland's journey in AEW as he looks to make his mark in the world of professional wrestling.