Whether you’re a wrestling fan or someone completely unfamiliar with the world of “sports entertainment”, you’ve probably heard about the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It might’ve been through one of your friends, who devotedly watches every episode of RAW, or via PS4 sessions of the latest WWE game at a sleepover.
WWE is almost synonymous to wrestling and has been for quite some time. Over the course of multiple decades, WWE has built an empire, eliminating or buying out almost all other competitors, eventually leading to the monopoly it now has over the wrestling industry.
And while other products such as IMPACT! Wrestling (previously known as TNA), New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Ring of Honor (RoH) still continue to exist, their dominance in the market is considerably low, even with the large fan followings that they often garner. This is why these companies are often referred to as being in the “indie” scene.
The overall result is that WWE continues to be the only significant holder of the market share.
Enter All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
AEW is the newest wrestling promotion in town, and from the current state of things, they’re likely the only ones who may, someday, give the WWE a run for their money.
As a fan of wrestling, it’s quite an interesting time to be alive. You’ve probably spent most of your life with only the WWE to turn to for your wrestling needs, and such a monopoly usually deteriorates the quality of the product for the consumer. And this has been a complaint fans have had with the WWE.
Now, however, with a legit competitor entering the market, it calls the WWE into action to get their act together. Mostly because WWE has, for the longest time, been the only route for wrestlers to “make it”.
With AEW having arrived, it means wrestlers who are unhappy with WWE’s policies or creative direction can switch over to AEW with ease. Even more important is that wrestlers finally have some bargaining power when dealing with the WWE now.
A few superstars have already made their way over to AEW, with one of WWE’s previous talents, Cody Rhodes, being one of the founding members in an executive role. Not to mention there is a plethora of talent such as Kenny Omega, Adam “Hangman” Paige, Chris Jericho, the Young Bucks, etc. who can fill the seats of almost any venue AEW decides to book.
AEW’s first pay-per-view (PPV) – Double or Nothing – was sold out within 4 minutes of tickets going on sale. Not to mention the intricate details put into the storylines of each match was something wrestling fans haven’t gotten in a long time, at least not from the WWE.
Jon Moxley’s (formerly WWE’s Dean Ambrose) appearance towards the end of the show blew everyone’s mind to the point that for the entire week after Double or Nothing, it was still the talk of the town. Even WWE gave in and mentioned AEW on a segment in their flagship show RAW.
The most important thing to come out of all of this is that wrestling fans have one more show to watch; maybe one that will make up for all their grievances with the current WWE model. Additionally, wrestlers now have more opportunities present for them as well, resulting in an overall better state of the industry.
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