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If AEW is offering health care and they do not go bankrupt in the first two years, they will absolutely become competition for WWE. And if TBS/TNT either pay them a fair rate for content or become like a partnership the way Spike was for TNA in paying the bigger contracts like Sting, AND management doesn't make too many hasty decisions...this is going to be fun. When you see how much Murdoch paid WWE for fucking Smackdown, the red headed step child of their lineup, I would have to think that TBS/TNT would have to offer no less than 25% in order to be considered serious with the Khan family. And if AEW can get $250m for TV rights, holy shit, they become a player overnight. And TNT saw the ratings that Nitro had when Goldberg was white hot, meaning, they probably want him as a face on the network for a year while getting it off the ground.

This looks like it was a well thought out plan and not just something thrown together after the success of All In. I'm actually excited for this and I don't give two shits about pretty much any of the talent they announced. But I bet when I watch the show every week I will become invested in it.



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I hope they bring in the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. American fans deserve to see former champions ladder and bowl of rice.



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Franchise wrote: I don’t know much about Wrestle-1 or DDT but after a quick glance at their roster they don’t seem very impressive but none the less I’m glad to see that they may be breaking away and not working with ROH and NJPW. That should keep some of the staleness away.
Wrestle-1 is Great Muta's company that he founded after he broke away from AJPW.  They briefly had a working relationship with TNA.  Sanada was Muta's protégé and the best young star in that company and he long since has defected to NJPW.  Most of the roster is honestly the drizzling shits, although I haven't seen enough of it to say that they don't have any other young gems like Sanada waiting to break out.  But upon casual viewing, no.  Still, if you can have Muta show up and spit the mist at a rally or on the first episode, that's a good nostalgia play right there even if the roster itself isn't very good.

DDT is a hybrid company that combines jr. heavyweight action and hardcore-lite with lots of comedy and satire.  They often mock WWE stars, so if they try to do that in AEW the Young Bucks might be getting another cease and desist letter from Mr. McDevitt.  There's some gimmicky shit that they do that I could see catching on in America because of its uniqueness for a little while before getting stale, but again I don't see any huge future stars there.

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Tony Khan = Dixie Carter

Shad Khan = Bob Carter

Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks = Jeff Jarrett

Chris Jericho = Sting/Kurt Angle/other former WWE and WCW guys

Now obviously these are not perfect comparisons, but to some extent this comes off to me as wrestlers looking for a money mark and Shad Khan coming off as a wealthy guy who wants to indulge his adult son. The good thing is that based on the success of All In and providing a product that disaffected hardcore fans prefer over the WWE, there is a market that TNA never had or captured despite numerous attempts. I hope it succeeds for everyone involved. As fans, we'd all benefit from better choices and a WWE that's inspired by competition to improve.

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tamalie wrote: Tony Khan = Dixie Carter

Shad Khan = Bob Carter

Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks = Jeff Jarrett

Chris Jericho = Sting/Kurt Angle/other former WWE and WCW guys

Now obviously these are not perfect comparisons, but to some extent this comes off to me as wrestlers looking for a money mark and Shad Khan coming off as a wealthy guy who wants to indulge his adult son. The good thing is that based on the success of All In and providing a product that disaffected hardcore fans prefer over the WWE, there is a market that TNA never had or captured despite numerous attempts. I hope it succeeds for everyone involved. As fans, we'd all benefit from better choices and a WWE that's inspired by competition to improve.
As long as Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff  doesn't = Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, I think AEW will have an interesting first 2-3 years at worst.

Tamalie, you kinda sounded down in your post.

I say we all pitch in and buy him a hallmark card?

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You can forget about the rumor of the Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler doing the commentary.

On the latest edition of his podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler announced that he had signed a new two-year deal with World Wrestling Entertainment.

Lawler noted that his previous contract had expired on January 10th and that he would be calling the Men's Royal Rumble bout later this month. He also noted the company had given him a raise.



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bpickering wrote: You can forget about the rumor of the Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler doing the commentary.

On the latest edition of his podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler announced that he had signed a new two-year deal with World Wrestling Entertainment.

Lawler noted that his previous contract had expired on January 10th and that he would be calling the Men's Royal Rumble bout later this month. He also noted the company had given him a raise.

Lawler made a quick appearance on Raw, walking out of Vince's office lol.

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Honestly the last thing AEW needs is JR and Lawler. They need something fresh, not a ‘90s tribute.



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srossi wrote: Honestly the last thing AEW needs is JR and Lawler. They need something fresh, not a ‘90s tribute.

Lawler is a relic. He had nothing to offer wrestling in 2019. Good on him for parlaying the possibility of working on a TV show that doesn't exist yet into this deal, though. WWE's return of investment will be zero, though.



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Boz1515 wrote: bpickering wrote: You can forget about the rumor of the Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler doing the commentary.

On the latest edition of his podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler announced that he had signed a new two-year deal with World Wrestling Entertainment.

Lawler noted that his previous contract had expired on January 10th and that he would be calling the Men's Royal Rumble bout later this month. He also noted the company had given him a raise.

Lawler made a quick appearance on Raw, walking out of Vince's office lol.

Not sure why in Memphis they couldn't figure out how to get him to do something in front of the live crowd. 



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srossi wrote: Boz1515 wrote: bpickering wrote: You can forget about the rumor of the Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler doing the commentary.

On the latest edition of his podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler announced that he had signed a new two-year deal with World Wrestling Entertainment.

Lawler noted that his previous contract had expired on January 10th and that he would be calling the Men's Royal Rumble bout later this month. He also noted the company had given him a raise.

Lawler made a quick appearance on Raw, walking out of Vince's office lol.

Not sure why in Memphis they couldn't figure out how to get him to do something in front of the live crowd. 

The show is only 3 hours long, not enough time for all that. 



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The latest episode of Chris Jericho's Talk Is Jericho podcast was released today with Jericho on his own, telling the story of his journey from WWE to appearing in New Japan Pro Wrestling to ultimately signing with the new All Elite Wrestling promotion launched by the Khan family.

During the podcast, Jericho stated that he and WWE was negotiating a new deal "days before" the AEW rally in Jacksonville, Florida but an offer was never formalized. Jericho said that he knows why the offer never came, but would not go into the reasons why.

Jericho said his AEW deal is for three years, which would take him through 2022.

Jericho also stated that he still plans on working with New Japan Pro Wrestling and that the two sides are working on ironing that out.

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Apparently The Elite will be promoting AEW at west coast indy shows as they all made a surprise appearance last night for indy promotion The Bar to help SoCal Uncensored in the main event.  Watts, Yuma, and Martenson are guys that work for Championship Wrestling From Hollywood and I've never seen any of them have a good match, but this description makes it sound fun.

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*Main event: Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky, and Frankie Kazarian had their Open Challenge answered by Watts and RockNES Monsters (Yuma and Kevin Martenson).  SoCal Uncensored got the win after the Best Meltzer ever on Yuma in a wild one with help from The Elite.   Senior referee Rick Knox was bumped and Watts clobbered a second ref then grabbed a chair. He was going to hit Scorpio Sky with it, but Joey Ryan ran out and grabbed it from him to stop him.. Watts gave Ryan a big kick and knocked him down.   Adam "Hangman Page" ran out and took Watts down with a buckshot lariat. Ryan recovered, and with help from Page, they gave Watts a double team YP Plex.  Ryan and Page shook hands but then Yuma and Martenson got back in the ring and attacked them from behind.   

Cody, in a suit, slowly walked out with Brandi Rhodes. Yuma and Martenson double teamed Cody for a few seconds but he fought them off. Brandi gave Yuma a spear and Cody did a dive to the outside onto Martenson.  Watts was back up and slowly acted like he was going to hit Brandi in the ring.   The Young Bucks appeared and gave Watts the superkicks as he was arguing with Brandi. Yuma tried to charge The Bucks, but he got caught by the superkicks. Martenson then tried to come off the top rope on them, but he too got caught with the superkicks. Rick Knox even joined in on The Superkick Party when he finally recovered off the mat. He made it a triple superkick with The Bucks to Watts.

Cody told the crowd he was giving them all AEW contracts. Brandi then made him fire everyone quickly. The Elite stood tall in the ring and raised each other’s arms. 

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Is Watts the tall black guy who was on Tough Enough and they only kept him around because of his size?



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Kriss wrote: Is Watts the tall black guy who was on Tough Enough and they only kept him around because of his size?
Yes.



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