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AEW(All Elite Wrestling)
Posted 19 April 2019 - 02:00 PM
What AEW lacks is what indie fans think is it's strength. No real name talent. So far their biggest name is Chris Jericho. Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, and The Young Bucks are huge names in the indie scenes. They aren't going to get the casual gan to give more than a look. That's all they want though. I give "The Elite" tremendous credit for not signing with the WWE and instead trying to build their own company. I'll watch for that reason alone. Their roster is filling out with name names from the indie scenes. They are coming with a corporate model that is intriguing for wrestlers who may not want to work the schedule the WWE does. Their mere existence could force the WWE to up its game the same way they did back during the Monday Night Wars.
As optimistic as AEW fans are(they haven't had a single show yet), reality will have to set in at some point. There are a lot of questions the new show will have to answer.
- Is it WWE creative, or is it actually tough to juggle numerous wrestlers who fans think should be on top? The WWE has trouble finding time for wrestlers on two shows. How do wrestlers who were used to to being upper card acts in their leagues react to being lower to mid card acts in AEW? It's going to happen. How many wrestlers can you cram into a two hour show?
- Can Cody Rhodes and Kenny Omega draw viewers? Maybe Cody wasn't used right in the WWE, but they didn't exactly miss him when he left. As good as Kenny Omega is in the ring, his personas has been a little meh. As corny as "The Cleaner" was, his face character is a little boring.
- Wins will matter. This is something Cody had touted as a draw to their product. I like it. I'm all for certain wrestlers seeming dominant setting up matchups with other dominant opponents. In the WWE this has been gone out the window because every wrestler is a superstar, and you get PPV quality matches every show. This goes back to how will the talent react to being a jobber? Elias might be a jobber in the WWE, but he is a name that gets heat and sells merchandise.
- will they have rabbit ears? "The Elite" have built their brand through social media. They connect directly to their fans. What happens when the fans start treating them like the WWE? Will they cowtow to the fans or will they stick to their vision?
I hope for the best for AEW. I'm not down for a Penta Jr - Joey Ryan though.
Posted 27 April 2019 - 07:43 AM
Word is WWE talent who is frustrated with WWE is already eyeing AEW as a good alternative. Sasha Banks did not like the direction they went with the tag titles and is currently sitting out her contract. Dean Ambrose already left. With the financial backing AEW has, this could actually becomes something if stars like them start jumping ship.
I would love to see this happen as WWE has way too much talent and not enough time to develop storylines for all of them. Westlers like Asuka and Finn Balor have been getting shafted for a long time now due to this.
Posted 28 April 2019 - 10:38 AM
Posted 28 April 2019 - 09:48 PM
The truth is Creative isnt very creative. The recent superstar shakeup is another example. Wrestlers...er, superstars were appearing on both shows without explanation as to who was going where or why. Andrade appears on Raw for new opportunities and then gets moved back to Smackdown the next day.
Its no wonder they cant build new stars. They cant even make a coherent show.
Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:03 PM
Posted 01 July 2019 - 08:58 AM
The main event with John Mickey(Dean Ambrose) and Joey Janela was boring. Now I'm not an extreme wrestling guy, but if your going to do a hardcore match you go all in (no pun intended). Both wrestlers not wearing shirts kept using barbed wire and came out with hardly any scratches. The thumbtacks were real. You can't take that I guess.
The Bucks and Omega were pretty funny with their Street Fighter homage. Very Japanese, but you can only get away with doing Hadoukens so often. Let's not go back to that well anytime soon.