As much as I love AEW, why tf would they bring in Cameron/Ariane? Genuinely one of the worst in ring workers the business has ever seen. I hope it's literally just for the meme of Nyla losing early in the tournament due to an incompetent partner, then Nyla squashes her and that's that.
Bringing in Cardona is funny, since Cody was all vocal about not just signing his friends. I liked Ryder, but can't say I'm overly excited for this. Hope he proves me wrong though, and he definitely has the creativity to do so.
Also, Ricky Starks was a weird signing. He doesn't offer too much to stand out, and I feel like the niche he could fill is already being aced by Guevara and MJF.
Re: FTR, I think their angle has been cooled down because AEW is trying to get the Elite split postponed until there's crowds again. They know that would be a massive reaction, and they're right, but it's definitely taking a toll on the actual story.