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.
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.
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
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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