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Thoughts on the wrestling industry so far: Which company do I think is better… WWE or AEW???

Well, the competition between WWE and AEW is really heating up. I’ve been a lifelong WWE fan for years and still am even to this day. Now that there is a new wrestling company out there called All Elite Wrestling (AEW) which I’ve been watching since their very first ppv called “Double Or Nothing”. Now AEW is on television and they have their own TV show on Wednesday nights titled “Dynamite” which lands on the same night as NXT on USA. Both of those shows are on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.

The WWE has been sucking a lot lately and now that AEW is here, this has forced WWE to try and get better. You can see that the WWE is trying to improve ’cause they brought in Paul Heyman to run RAW and Eric Bischoff to run Friday Night Smackdown on FOX. Both of those shows are trying to improve but both shows are going downhill and getting bad again. WWE is trying to improve but they can’t.

What is the difference between WWE and AEW? There is a big difference:

WWE: This company is all family-entertainment. They are still in the PG era and the WWE treats their fans like they “marks”. The wrestling term “marks” means fans that think wrestling is real and Vince treats their fans that way. The thing that is missing in WWE is that they don’t focus on true wrestling anymore but mostly focus on “storyline” and soap opera stuff. Vince and the WWE likes to hold their fan favorite superstars down while part timers like Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey getting all the spotlight. They also love to ram Roman Reigns down our throats.

AEW: This company focuses on the actual “wrestling” part of things. They don’t treat their fans like marks and this company actually treats their fans like real “fans” which is a breath of fresh air. This company calls their performers “wrestlers” and not “superstars”. This company brings back “good” wrestling which WWE ignores… good wrestling meaning matches that tell a story and being theatrical like which WWE doesn’t have anymore. AEW brings all that back. AEW does things WWE doesn’t do anymore like hardcore wrestling, chair shots to the head, lots of blood and all that stuff.

With all this being said, you wonder which company I think is better? I’m gonna have to say AEW for sure. AEW makes me excited for pro wrestling lately ’cause I’m with most wrestling fans that WWE has been sucking a lot lately and they aren’t getting any better either.

When it comes to WWE sucking, I don’t blame the performers ’cause they are just doing their job… I blame Vince for sure. Vince is a great business owner and promoter but creatively, he is downright horrible. It’s a shame ’cause WWE used to be really good in the 80’s and 90’s.

AEW is awesome ’cause they have a talent in the roster that actually has character like Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Adam Hangman Page,  PAC, etc. All those guys are fucking awesome and AEW has a cool women’s division too.

WWE has so many superstars that don’t have any character anymore except for the new Bray Wyatt gimmick aka The Fiend which is why I keep watching the WWE. The Fiend is a cool character and each time the Fiend is on, I watch. The new Bray Wyatt gimmick is captivating stuff for sure.

While I think what AEW is doing is pretty amazing stuff, they still need to improve, though. I think their sound system in arenas is horrible. They need to improve the sound system for the wrestler theme songs and they need to improve the P.A. for when wrestlers give their promos in the ring too. Their TV production is kind of horrible too. I understand AEW is a new company and they got a lot to learn still but they’ll get better with that stuff as time goes along.

With that being said, I think AEW is an amazing company and I love what they’re doing as I think I will be a full time AEW fan, but the question you have to ask is this… “Will I give up WWE?”. No… probably not. I’ll continue to support WWE and will continue to be a WWE fan. I can’t give up WWE so I’ll support both WWE and AEW as I have been watching both.

I’m just a fan of pro wrestling as I love it so much, ya know? AEW is awesome. You should check them out on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on TNT if you’re curious. They’re doing a good job.

Kev

The war between WWE and AEW is now officially on so I guess you can now call this the “Wednesday Night Wars”???

Earlier this summer AEW announced that they will make their TV debut on TNT network on Oct. 2nd which falls on a Wednesday night. Just today the WWE just announced that the WWE Network exclusive wrestling show will soon make their cable TV debut on Sept. 18th and they will air on the USA Network channel. WWE NXT used to be a one hour show on the WWE Network but once it debuts on USA Network, it will get turned into a two hour show.

I remember back in the 90’s when Monday Night RAW was on a Monday and WCW Monday Nitro was on a Monday, those two shows were pretty much on at the same time so that was named the “Monday Night Wars”.

Now that WWE NXT and AEW will be on the same nights, I guess you can safely say this will be called the “Wednesday Night Wars” which is pretty fitting. Obviously, the only reason WWE is doing this so they can go to war with AEW.

Even though the WWE will soon be moved to cable TV, the WWE Network will still stream the new NXT episodes.

I love WWE NXT. I love it a lot more than RAW and SD honestly. The reason I love NXT so much is ’cause that show gives us what we all want to see… “wrestling”. RAW and SD don’t give us that which is why NXT is a pretty hot show right now.

A lot of people still making predictions that AEW will destroy WWE but I think not. Like I said in a post before, the WWE is a very powerful company. It will be around forever. I think the WWE will try to find a way to get back on top again and I predict that it’s AEW that will get destroyed. They won’t last long, trust me.

I used to like what AEW is doing but now they are getting on my nerves ’cause they’re just doing everything they can to make WWE look bad. I’m considering no longer supporting AEW the more they keep up with their attacks at WWE. I think it’s obvious that the only reason AEW was formed was so that they can go to war with WWE. Well, now they got the WWE’s attention and things are getting interesting.

If you don’t know what the NXT brand is, it’s a show where wrestling rookies can get their start in pro wrestling. It’s a show for up and coming stars is what it is. Most of today’s WWE stars on the RAW and SD brand came from NXT: Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Braun Strowman, Shinsuke Nakumura, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, etc. They were all on the NXT brand until they got called up to the main roster once they all got more popular. The NXT is like a third brand. I watch NXT every Wednesday night and I watch all the NXT Takeover ppv’s too. It’s a great show.

Once NXT gets on USA Network, you all should check it out too.

Kev

Why I think the WWE is struggling to get viewers… they no longer have top iconic superstars anymore… that’s the problem…

So why is the WWE still struggling in the ratings and why they are having a hard time trying to get their audience back? Is it because of the product? Is it because of the bad writing and bad booking of matches? Is it because of the WWE’s PG rating? I would think the answer is yes to all those… they are all a small part of why the WWE is struggling. I think the BIG reason why WWE is struggling currently is ’cause the company has no star power anymore.

What do I mean by star power? In the 80’s, you had guys like Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man Randy Savage, Jake the Snake Roberts, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Bret the Hitman Hart, etc. The list is endless.

In the 90’s and early 2000’s years you had Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, John Cena and The Rock.

All those guys I listed above are all big name stars which is why fans turned on the TV to watch wrestling on a weekly basis. Those names were all pretty huge draws especially Stone Cold and the Rock. When those guys were around WWE back in the day, the ratings were sky rocketing high.

I think the reason WWE is still having problems is ’cause they’re having problems trying to find that top guy again. They want that huge recognizable icon in today’s roster with all the up and coming superstars that you see today. The WWE already tried to make Roman Reigns the next top guy but it isn’t working. They tried that with Ronda Rousey but it didn’t work. They’re trying that with Becky Lynch and it seems not many care either. So what the fuck is going on? Braun Strowman has the potential to be that top guy in wrestling but the WWE isn’t even using him right.

That’s the WWE’s problem, do you get what I’m saying? They still can’t find that top star now ’cause all the big names I listed above are no longer a part of the wrestling business anymore ’cause most of them retired and moved on.

I love wrestling and the industry changes all the freakin’ time. It’s pretty amazing really. Nowadays, there are only very few iconic stars in wrestling who are still around… Randy Orton is still around, Triple H and the Undertaker only performs occasionally. That’s about all we got.

Everyone wants to see Becky Lynch as the new Stone Cold of the women’s division but they could get there if they use her right and I’m a huge fan of Becky Lynch too. That’s another problem with the WWE ’cause they don’t know how to use their superstars right anymore.

I miss the old days when wrestling used to be great. They are trying to get better now and they are slowly improving but it’s going to take some time for WWE to get back on top again. I’d love to see WWE become a successful company again like they once were. I want to see WWE get better myself ’cause I’m a lifelong wrestling nerd and quite proud of it.

Kev

RAW last night was surprisingly a pretty great show… I enjoyed it all the way through… wasn’t bored at all this time…

I was considering taking a long break from watching WWE since it’s been so bad for a long while but now I don’t think I will and will continue watching. I was really surprised to see how great RAW was last night. It was actually an excellent show all the way through. Why? It’s because Vince is no longer in control of RAW now and Paul Heyman is in charge of running RAW. Paul Heyman is on fire and is already doing a great job.

Why was RAW so good last night? Well for starters, there were a lot more wrestling matches than superstars cutting promos which was shocking. For months and months, there have been less wrestling on RAW in the past but there were a lot more of it last night. Every match on RAW last night were really good too.

Paul Heyman really knows his wrestling and I’m glad Vince put him in charge. It was a smart move.

While it’s a nice idea that AEW is gonna be bigger than WWE, it’s never gonna happen ’cause all AEW is gonna do is force WWE to do better. WWE could quickly go back on top in the ratings again now that Paul and Eric are in charge of the two brands.

Now I’m gonna be watching Smackdown tonight to see how much that show has improved now that Eric Bischoff is in charge of running SD Live. I actually can’t wait for tonight. WWE is trying all they can to improve themselves and it’s great to see actually. I think Vince finally woke up and now wants to give fans what they want… “wrestling” and they gave us that on RAW last night.

This is definitely gonna be a war between WWE and AEW. No doubt.

Kev

Paul Heyman to be in charge of RAW and Eric Bischoff to be in charge of SD Live… interesting…

Well this is interesting. Just announced today, Paul Heyman has been named by WWE as the executive director of Monday Night RAW and Eric Bischoff has been named as the executive director of Smackdown Live. Both of these men were hired to be in charge of those brands. While those two are now in charge of running those two shows; however, it looks like Vince McMahon is still calling the shots ’cause like the article says the two must report to Vince McMahon.

Both of these men have one thing in common, though. They have experience in running wrestling companies. Like the article says Paul Heyman used to own ECW and Eric Bischoff was the president of WCW.

https://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/article/paul-heyman-eric-bischoff-executive-directors-raw-smackdown-live?sf214941517=1

I know a lot of wrestling fans are getting skeptical of this but I think this is a pretty good idea. Heyman and Bischoff both know their wrestling ’cause they have a lot of experience in the business and they are very knowledgeable with wrestling. They definitely know their stuff.

I would give them a chance to see how they would do.

Some of you may ask, why is Vince doing this? Over the years in the WWE, Vince had full control of both RAW and Smackdown. He called the shots of everything and now it looks like Vince is finally giving up some control in WWE.

Is Vince finally waking up and realizing that he isn’t good anymore creatively? That could be a part of it but I think the real reason is that the XFL is about to be launched and he won’t have time to run both brands anymore. So he needs to give someone else to take over.

Another reason Vince is doing this is that ratings for both RAW and SD are still in trouble and this could be a ploy to help bring the ratings up. Could Paul and Eric shape up the wrestling business and take it to the next level? AEW is exploding and you can see that Vince is trying everything to compete with them.

I’m going to wait to see how Paul and Eric will do. I know a lot of wrestling fans out there will be skeptical of this but I’m gonna give these guys a chance. Paul and Eric could bring wrestling back to the WWE and that’s what I’m hoping and praying for. We’ll have to wait and see how they do.

Kev

I’m thinking of taking another long break from WWE… probably gonna… they aren’t getting better…

Ya know, now that AEW wrestling is finally here, I’m definitely thinking of ditching WWE for AEW. Well, I’m going to ditch WWE for a little while at least. I take long breaks from watching WWE every now and then and I may just do that starting next week. There is a WWE PPV on the WWE Network called “Stomping Grounds” and I don’t know if I’m gonna watch it. Even though I’ll probably take a long break from WWE again, that doesn’t mean I’m quitting the WWE Network streaming service ’cause I need to keep that ’cause it has a lot of old-school wrestling on there.

WWE isn’t getting better. Their shows RAW and SD keeps sucking week after week and both shows are getting worse too. Like everyone else, I’m fed up with how WWE is getting and I can’t really take it anymore really. We are all fed up with Vince and the WWE creative/booking.

We all definitely believe that Vince is out of touch of what we want and he doesn’t get it yet. We want to see good wrestling back but he keeps giving us storylines and wrestlers cutting promos than wrestling. That’s why the wrestling world has jumped shipped to AEW ’cause they give us wrestling… think about why AEW is exploding and WWE is tanking.

I’m probably gonna end up being a full-time AEW fan ’cause I admire what they’re doing. AEW on TNT Network won’t start airing until the Fall ’cause I keep hearing that they are planning on doing a weekly two hour show. They won’t be doing three hour weekly shows thankfully.

It’s a shame to see WWE doing so horribly ’cause I’m a long time fan and I’m probably gonna give up on them again. Each week when I try to watch RAW, I fall asleep through like half the show and I miss the end but that’s okay. I don’t miss anything ’cause RAW endings every week have been so horrible. RAW’s been a sleep fest.

That’s WWE, though. Sometimes they get really good and sometimes they get really bad. I want to see “wrestling” like everyone else. Yeah, we all know wrestling is “fake” but they are still great at what they do. There’s a lot of talented people in the business. I don’t blame the performers for a bad product in WWE ’cause they are being paid to perform. Vince is the problem and everyone knows it. Even the superstars know that Vince is the problem, that’s why you see a lot of them leaving WWE nowadays. I don’t like the way WWE is going myself.

WWE better step their game up now that AEW is here. AEW could easily become bigger than WWE and they already are getting bigger. AEW is an awesome company and I’m gonna be keeping an eye of what they’re doing.

Kev

Will AEW take WWE out of business??? No… WWE isn’t going anywhere but AEW will definitely change WWE, though…

I’ve been visiting fan sites of AEW groups in facebook to see what they have to say about the wrestling industry. I’m seeing that a lot of people think AEW will put WWE out of business soon simply because they believe that AEW will get so big that WWE will have no audience left. You see, this is where I disagree. The WWE maybe low in the ratings right now but they will ALWAYS be a very powerful company. The WWE is so powerful and rich, they’ll be around forever. It’s going to be hard to take them out of business.

While I don’t see the WWE going away, I can see AEW helping them, though. Maybe one day WWE will wake up and give what the fans want after they see what AEW do? I wouldn’t be surprised that WWE will give us more wrestling after the AEW ppv “Double or Nothing”.

There is no doubt that this is going be a huge ratings war between AEW and WWE but WWE will never go away. Even if AEW is finally here, that still doesn’t mean I’m giving up on WWE ’cause I’ll still support both companies. I love wrestling, ya know? While it’s interesting that a lot of fans believe that WWE will be gone soon, it’s not gonna happen. Like I said above, I think AEW will try to help improve WWE’s product.

AEW exploded ’cause everyone wants to see wrestling which WWE don’t give us anymore. Maybe they will now, ya know?

Also, a lot of people mistakenly believe that AEW is just for the indies. Ya know, stuff like NJPW, ROH and things like that. Um, no. AEW maybe full of independent talent but AEW is a world wide and a big national promotion. They are a pretty huge company, they are pretty much the next WCW. AEW will have many former WWE guys on the roster and many former WCW guys. AEW will sign any talent from any other wrestling company. Their first WCW/WWE guy was Chris Jericho and then Jon Moxley (formerly known as Dean Ambrose) made his debut at “Double or Nothing”. I think there will be many more WCW and WWE guys on their way to AEW.

Competition is always cool, though. I’m a huge fan of AEW and I love what they’re doing. What they’re doing is pretty ballsy. They’re giving us wrestling like no other company would. We haven’t seen wrestling in a long long time. There was wrestling in the early 80’s and early 90’s but pro wrestling stopped in 2000’s years and it was all sports entertainment. We don’t want sports entertainment, we want wrestling. That’s what we watch these shows for but Vince doesn’t get it yet. Maybe he’ll get it now that AEW is here? Who knows!

Kev