This Week in Wrestling 2021 Week 31

Brian Damage

It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 31st of 2021. Today Brian discusses whether or not AEW is true competition to WWE and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.

Is AEW Really WWE’s Fiend?

This past week, Vince McMahon spoke about All Elite Wrestling and whether or not he considers them “competition.” McMahon said this…“It’s certainly not a situation where it’s rising tides because Ted Turner was coming after us with all of Time Warner assets as well. It was a different situation. AEW is where they are. I don’t really know what their plans are, all I know is what our plans are. I don’t consider them competition in the way that I considered WCW back in the day. Not even near close to that. I’m not so sure what their investments are as far as their talent is concerned. Perhaps, we can give them some more.”

AEW’s Chris Jericho responded to McMahon’s comments by saying…“Well, what else is he going to say? You know, and to respond to that, we don’t see WWE as competition. And he was smart to say that. We’re not worried about what WWE is and we haven’t been since day one. We weren’t worried about what NXT did. The whole time with the NXT vs. AEW war, which ended in a total abysmal failure for NXT, we never once had a TV screen watching what they were doing when we were doing it. We didn’t know what segments they were in. We didn’t know any of that. Now, the WWE way is you’re watching what the competition is doing when they were on, we didn’t do that.

The question is…how does Vince McMahon really feel about AEW as competition. There is no doubt in my mind that Vince was born very competitive. It is in his blood, so I do think he may monitor AEW from time to time…but I do believe him when he says AEW is no WCW. The whole Monday Night War of the 1990’s was a much different animal. Vince hated Ted Turner and vice versa. The WWF was not the billion dollar company it is today and Turner had more power and money to play with at that time.

The other part of this situation is the way McMahon sees AEW. He never mentions the promotion on the air like he did WCW during that rivalry. The other telling sign that McMahon isn’t worried about AEW is how he allows talent to simply walk away from his company without much of a fight. Back in the Monday Night War days, you would never see Vince release guys like Braun Strowman, Aleister Black or Bray Wyatt….with the remote possibility they may end up on WCW television. Now, we are seeing it happen on an almost weekly basis with AEW.

While the Khan family have billions of dollars at their disposal, not all of that money will ever be invested in Tony Khan’s AEW wrestling promotion. At some point, AEW will have to show a profit for his father to continue pumping money into it. Right now, they are not there, while WWE is making billions on television contracts, merchandise and other ventures. Believe it or not, Vince said almost the same thing about TNA a few years ago when they decided to go head to head with WWE on Monday Nights. Back then, Vince said this about TNA being competition…“When TNA moved to Monday Nights, they threw the kitchen sink at us and only did a fraction of our audience. It doesn’t speak well for the type of product they’re trying to present with the tawdry, blood soaked action. I don’t think that’s what the culture wants these days.”

With AEW’s recent controversy with their advertiser in Domino’s Pizza after showing Chris Jericho getting his forehead sliced open with a pizza cutter….McMahon may be on to something…at least with advertisers. Bottom line is while AEW is a great alternative to WWE for many fans, it is not really competition as of yet. WWE is the Disney of the wrestling business…while AEW is several notches below that. Is that to say that AEW can’t compete with WWE? I think one day they might be able to, but to do that they are going to have to appeal to the casual fans…something that Cody Rhodes once said he wanted to avoid. If not, WWE like them or not…will always be in the driver’s seat.


Photo Gallery

RIP to the great ‘Assassin’ Jody Hamilton

Cool artwork of a potential storyline for Bray Wyatt IF he signs with AEW

If you know…you know. lol

A Wrestler’s Prayer

Love the art of Hangman Page

A bearded Paul Heyman is very odd

Attitude Era fans

A.C. Slater WWF champion!

Dusty Rhodes (Number 50) during his basketball days.

Harpo Marx and Kenny Omega….resemblance?

Tastes like socko! (Just kidding)

It appears that every time Randy Orton feuds with someone…they end up gone from the company.

Bye Bray

Ruby Riott’s…errr I mean Ruby Soho’s new look.

May we never forget former WWE ring announcer JoJo Offerman

Recent pic of Kimona

Statusfaction!

Michelle McCool

ECW’s Francine

Bianca Belair


Video Gallery

A cool interview with Bret Hart and a young Rocky Maivia from 1997. Jump to the 08:37 minute mark where the interviewer asks Rocky about a possible career in acting…..


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8 thoughts on “This Week in Wrestling 2021 Week 31

  1. If Meekmahan doesn’t seen AEW as competition, then it is proof of how out of touch he as he just got rid of 13 people from NXT and 205 Live with his new whipping boy Nick Khan. I hope AEW, NWA, MLW, Impact, ROH, New Japan, AAA, CMLL, and other wrestling companies get these talents and use them properly and put that bullshit sports entertainment company out of business.

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    • That won’t happen because McMahon is making too much money from mainstream fans. All Tony Khan has been doing is signing almost everybody Vince cuts loose. It’s almost as if Vince is daring Khan to sign all of these talents to bloat his roster. I’m rooting for AEW but they do need to slow down on the spending and just make great TV. WWE has been hard to watch…but as a fan of wrestling I will never root for any organization to fold.

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      • According to Vince which is an insult to his fanbase. We all know that the wrestlers make that company go round. Regardless, what Vince calls it…it is still a place to make really good money and great exposure to make money elsewhere, if or when they leave.

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  2. I have to say as an AEW fan from day one who doesn’t watch WWE, I am utterly sick of Tony Kahn picking up every other WWE reject and giving them a platform to deliver “the big speech” about how WWE stifled their creativity and how they couldn’t work with scripted promos and it’s now time to see the “real them” etc. etc. I sincerely hope my AEW favourites are not losing to any of them soon, as Hangman, QT, Darby, Britt and the like are the folks I watch the show for. For me personally, it cheapens AEW significantly having so many ex WWE folks there, but when they start going over I think alarm bells have to go off. Tony Kahn has previous in making the promotion appear to be a benevolence home by giving undercard talent from all kinds of promotions a job just to give them a job. He’s already admitted that on Unrestricted. I fear for the future a bit, as AEW already has a smell of TNA about it, which I’m not enjoying. Hopefully things get settled sooner rather than later, as I love so many elements of AEW……

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  3. Not fan of Aew but if they need slow down on the hiring of ex WWE guys if not release some the indie guys and girls they got there who not ready for TV yet but they seem to make there YouTube and National tv .lot WWE releases are for pure profit and talented or not what Aew go do with them I mean take Bray he extremely talented guy but all seen Aew fans says is hope he comes in as dark order leader or a new cult or fiend type role hmmm wasn’t Aew ment be different from WWE that just sounds same stuff WWE did with him 🙄 and like or not Bryan or punk or anyone they sign just gets feed to the Evs

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  4. Also no I’m not just a WWE fan boy I luv mlw and roh and new Japan some Indies and worked some but lot Aew stuff not to my taste and as b damage said no wants see any company go out business go bust

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  5. Here’s what I don’t understand about the comments here. Where are the wrestling fans? I’ve never been a fan of an organization but I have always loved watching wrestling. Before there was cable tv with multiple wrestling shows, I loved receiving old wrestling magazines and learning about wrestlers I knew nothing about. During the territories wrestlers moved from town to town. They went were there was work. For the past few years there’s been mainly 1 company who gave us whatever they wanted us to see because they knew there was no alternative. For the past few years, when a wrestler was fired by WWE they had very few places to go. Let’s remember the wrestlers who left the business altogether because there was no work. It’s only uncommon for see wrestlers move from on company to another to those who have only watched for the past 20 years or so. I for one am glad to see wrestlers feed their families.

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