If you’re involved in the world of professional wrestling, you’ve been paying attention to AEW. While WWE and those within the company may not be considering the new promotion a threat, it’s still making waves as arguably the best alternative to WWE that the wrestling world has had in years.
Double or Nothing was the company’s first real event under the AEW banner that served as the litmus test for whether or not the promotion could hang. Whether it was the fans, the wrestlers or anybody in between, everybody seemed to have an opinion.
TJ Perkins is no different in this regard.
When talking to Wrestling Epicenter recently, Perkins gave his thoughts on Indy wrestling, AEW and more. Below is a tidbit from the interview, specifically pertaining to Double or Nothing.
“I thought it was great, I thought it was amazing! I’m really excited for everybody involved and all for different reasons. Nick and Matt (Jackson, The Young Bucks) I’ve known for a long time. We come from the same place. I was a part of, and you probably have seen them reference it, back when they were doing their High Desert backyard/indy promotion that they had going when they were young. I was one of their guys!
So, I’ve seen them go from that to this! I’m incredibly happy for them and proud. And, of course, Cody (Rhodes), it is kind of a birthright to be able to work in this capacity as more than just a performer and work administratively and offer that to the wrestling world. And, the performers! Some of them have been around a long time and finally, are getting the platform they deserve and then there are some who are brand new and this is their first shot and they’re getting it pretty early and that is pretty exciting because I know what that was like! (laughs) It is weird to say that I was young once. But, at this point, it is true! I was young once!
I remember being 17, 18 years old and getting recruited by New Japan and doing the Dome at an early age, working Arena Mexico at an early age, headlining CMLL shows at an early age, getting the opportunity to do Impact pay-per-views and live TV at like 18, 19 years old. Now, you’ve got a lot of these young kids and this is their first shot, I’ve been in their shoes and that is really incredible to see!”
If nothing else, having a major promotion like AEW in North America is huge for the young wrestlers looking to get their first major shot in a promotion that already has so much money and eyes attached. On top of that, AEW also has some of the greatest minds in wrestling working towards a common goal. That’s invaluable for everybody involved.
For the full interview, check out Wrestling Epicenter here.