Mentioned: Better In-Ring Performers?
Back when WCW ruled the roost, it was able to take the lead in the ratings war because names like Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Roddy Piper and others defected. Once WCW had the big names, WWE realized there was some serious tough times ahead.
Interestingly, AEW is already starting out with a good crop of talent. From Cody Rhodes to the Young Bucks, Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega and Adam Page, these are wrestlers diehard fans know. AEW has also hired some talent the average fan has never seen and like WCW exposed when they showcased the Cruiserweights, fans will fall in love with these undiscovered names.
So too, we can’t forget the underdog mentality fans have to see guys like Kazarian, Christopher Daniels and others succeed after not being given a chance by WWE.
Should Have Ignored: WWE Stars and Actually Stars and Can “Go”
There’s an argument that can be made that WWE stars are actually stars, whereas, AEW’s talent (besides Chris Jericho) are not. Wrestling is becoming an entertainment avenue that more and more fans consume online, but the traditional and average fan still only knows what they see on WWE each week. Therefore, if you’re not showcased on their product, how big a star are you really?
AEW is going to find out just how much actual reach they have. If their stars can’t attract an audience because fans either don’t feel invested enough to tune in or have never heard of them before, it will be evident within the first couple of months.
So too, for all that WWE has not done well the past few years, many argue they can still create stars. Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman and others are a testament to that.
This isn’t even including the fact that WWE has some of the best in-ring performers on the planet in AJ Styles, Ricochet, Aleister Black, Cesaro, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Charlotte… way too many to mention.
Mentioned: Unhappy Locker Room
One of the things WWE might want to actually worry about is the morale backstage. More and more, it appears WWE Superstars are looking to leave and jump ship. This isn’t a good look for the company.
If the bigger stars think they can have more creative freedom, make the same money, work a lighter schedule and get better exposure with AEW, they may decide to try their luck there.
Should Have Ignored: AEW Doesn’t Want Cast-Offs and AEW Has Their Own Problems
For all those WWE talents looking to leave, keep one thing in mind. AEW has already said they don’t want everyone. Not wanting to be known as a company who takes cast-offs from WWE, half of the talent that tries to defect may find there’s not a place for them and the grass isn’t greener.
Not to mention, AEW hasn’t done one show and there are already whispers of issues behind the scenes. One of the big matches on their first PPV, Double or Nothing, has already been canceled because of “creative differences.”
PAC decided he didn’t want to lose to Kenny Omega so he’s bailed. Sometimes, too much creative freedom isn’t a good thing and it can be argued that freedom killed WCW.
At the end of the day, fans should remember one thing. WWE has been through this before. Sure, it doesn’t look great right now with AEW being the new hot product set to debut and WWE having trouble writing engaging storylines, but that won’t last.
Vince McMahon is Vince McMahon and if there’s one thing you can say about him, it’s that he won’t fight with everything he’s got to keep what he’s built.