Let The Wrestling War Begin

Since the end of WCW and its final Nitro show on March 26th 2001 the WWE or World Wrestling Entertainment has dominated the wrestling industry for good or bad. Yes they have been challengers such as TNA/Impact, Ring Of Honor or New Japan Wrestling but they have often been on lesser cable networks or stations. The competitors to WWE also haven’t got the budgets, talent or production value to be a serious competitor to the WWE

Then Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega who put on their own show using You Tube and, the strength of their names to sell tickets and amazing the show All In sells out. The wrestlers then come to the attention of Tony Khan who is a wrestling fan and Tony’s dad Shahid Khan who is a billionaire; Now with strong financial backing behind them a new wrestling company All Elite Wrestling can now be built to a serious competitor for the WWE.

The WWE has signed big new contracts with USA to keep its flagship show RAW and FOX has signed a big contract to get its other show Smackdown. Apart from the big contracts for the shows the shows themselves has continued to have falling ratings with a lackluster often boring product in my opinion. It’s only recently when they put Paul Heyman in charge of RAW has the product involved vastly and become more watchable.

The lack of strong competition has hurt the WWE as they seemed to rest on their laurels but now with a serious competitor it should be good for all wrestling fans as the product should get better for everyone. WWE dismissed AEW as among other things a t shirt company but in private they consider AEW a serious competitor.

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WWE has reportablely denied wrestlers getting out of their contracts early as there are afraid they will join AEW and ,also signed other stars too new contracts even though you rarely see them on air. AEW chose Wednesday nights as the perfect time for their new two hour weekly show as Smackdown was moved off that night as part of their new FOX contract.

In recent weeks there have been reports that NXT the WWE’s developmental show where new wrestlers get their start on the WWE Networks one hour weekly show will go to two hours on a cable channel. The idea is that NXT would go up against the new AEW show and maybe draw some of the new promotions viewers away.

Fox’s FS1 looked to be the lightly new home for NXT but then came the surprise news that NXT is moving to the USA Network starting September 18th. The new NXT show will before AEW’s first show October 2nd which is from the Capital One Arena in Washington DC

The new NXT show debuting before AEW show hopes to get some of the potential audience for AEW to watch NXT before AEW even debuts. We won’t find out who will win the first real wrestling show ratings war since WCW folded until well after AEW’s debut. Will the new ratings war damage NXT or slow down AEW no one yet knows but a new ratings war is good for wrestlers as it gives them more options and, fans as competition makes a better product.

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AEW Weekly Show Announcement

If you are not familiar AEW or All Elite Wrestling is a new competitor to the WWE and came to being after several wrestlers Cody & Brandy Rhodes, tag team The Young Bucks,  as well as Kenny Omega decided to finance their own event. The event called All In was a huge risk for the wrestlers but ultimately sold out and sometime later talks began with billionaire Shahid Khan as well as his son Tony about starting a competing wrestling organization against the WWE.

Since WCW folded and was bought by the WWE many wrestling organizations such as TNA/Impact, New Japan and Ring Of Honor have tried to compete with the WWE but usually with the handicap of being on lower tier cable networks and without the budget that WWE has. The reason why AEW is a legitimate competitor to WWE is the financial backing of the Khan family as well as airtime for a weekly show on the TNT network which gives it great exposure to compete with the WWE.

The video above is the announcement that AEW will premiere their weekly wrestling show on Wednesday October 2nd. One of my concerns about AEW was not the wrestlers but the production value which has to be good as the WWE which is known for its amazing quality productions; It seems like AEW’s production value is generally very good which should give it a chance to become a major competitor to the WWE we will have to see in October how good their weekly show is.