AEW's Reported Plans For Marty Scurll Before He Re-Signing With ROH
Before Marty Scurll somewhat surprising re-signed with Ring of Honor, All Elite Wrestling reportedly had big plans in store for The Villain.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc.com's Daniel Yanofsky), AEW's decision-makers intended for Scurll to eventually be revealed as the leader of Dark Order.
Scurll is close with Cody, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Adam "Hangman" Page since they were all part of The Elite in ROH and Japan, but Scurll was left behind with the formation of AEW since he was still under contract with ROH.
Most assumed that Scurll would join his friends in AEW originally, but he reportedly couldn't turn down an offer from ROH that will pay him "WWE main roster money" for limited dates and the head booker title.
Signing Scurll and having him lead Dark Order would have been a huge shot in the arm for AEW since Dark Order seemingly hasn't landed with the audience as much as hoped with Evil Uno and Stu Grayson leading the way.
Many questioned AEW's decision to close the final episode of Dynamite of 2019 with an angle that saw Dark Order decimate many of the company's top stars. Had it managed to land Scurll, then the narrative may have changed.
Since that angle, Dark Order hasn't played a significant role in AEW programming, and it is possible that it will fade into the background with Scurll no longer on the table.
If not, perhaps AEW will turn to another star on its roster and look into other free agents with enough cachet to make the group feel like a big deal.