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 Posted: Tue Oct 1st, 2019 07:52 pm
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I would love to see Wade Barrett back in wrestling. He was a fantastic talker. I guess he had a lot of injuries, but I think he deserved more than he got in WWE.

Brad Maddox on the other hand... They might as well bring in Barry Horowitz for all it would be worth.

If the AEW guys are being given exclusive, WWE-style, contracts, they need to start doing house shows. They can't pay the guys full time money for 52 nights of TV and 4 PPVs a year, not even factoring in that not everyone is on every show. On the other hand, if they are paying the wrestlers a sensible rate, the AEW schedule won't pay them what they were getting on the indies. I'm guessing some happy medium where AEW acts as their booking agent. "Hi, Cody, can we book the Young Bucks?" "No, but I can offer you the Librarians."

As I said earlier, Luger only worked because Nitro #1 was unopposed. They were banking on getting a good chuck of the Raw audience who would WTF when they saw Luger. AEW can't do this when they are up against NXT. They need to advertise to get people to watch in the first place. They can't just advertise "a surprise" because if it's not Punk, people will be disappointed. I think the AEW rodter is fine as it is. I can't think of anyone realistic that would move the needle for them. They need to just build a solid product and let the audience grow. I think one advantage they have is that NXT is on the WWE Network the very next day, and they have the replay on TNT straight away. People don't HAVE to choose one or the other, it's pretty easy to watch both without getting spoilers. It's not 1995-2001 anymore (a mistake TNA made). This wrestling war will play out differently, and it's possible for both AEW and NXT to win.

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Ultimately I think the finite wrestling audience as it stands can have all their preconceived notions of what veterans will get them to watch but if a bunch of newly exposed talent can be seen by new viewers and make regular fans of them in the process, AEW can carve out a niche. I don't know what other TV might compete on Wednesdays but I will be interested to see how they compare to more than just NXT.

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So who’s watching tonight? And if you are, do you still watch the weekly Raw/Smackdown/NXT shows? I plan on tuning in to see what it’s all about but I haven’t watched an entire WWE show in years. Looking forward to a new alternative if nothing else for the first time in awhile.



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Sports Illustrated is reporting that Jack Swagger is a lock.



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Lex Luger will be the big surprise.

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I plan on putting this on TV regardless of whether or not I watch it. I want Nielsen to see that this family is watching it.



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Superstar wrote: I plan on putting this on TV regardless of whether or not I watch it. I want Nielsen to see that this family is watching it.
Do you have a Neilsen box?



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My goal is for AEW and NXT together to eventually get about 4 million viewers, doubling that of Raw and Smackdown. I think that will send a message, and it can happen because history shows that competition can expand audiences instead of contract them.



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srossi wrote: Superstar wrote: I plan on putting this on TV regardless of whether or not I watch it. I want Nielsen to see that this family is watching it.
Do you have a Neilsen box?
No, but if I stream TNT through my Hulu it automatically gets detected unless I change a setting to not allow tracking. 



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AEW is running a poll on Twitter on who the fans would like them to sign. Ryback and Wade Barrett are included. Others include Marty Scurll, Flip Gordon, Tessa Blanchard, Will Osprey, Tama Tonga, and Madison Rayne (that last one is pretty random).



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srossi wrote: AEW is running a poll on Twitter on who the fans would like them to sign. Ryback and Wade Barrett are included. Others include Marty Scurll, Flip Gordon, Tessa Blanchard, Will Osprey, Tama Tonga, and Madison Rayne (that last one is pretty random).Of just those srossi listed:
Will Osprey
Marty Scuril
Flip Gordon
Tama Tonga

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Heenan Fan wrote: srossi wrote: AEW is running a poll on Twitter on who the fans would like them to sign. Ryback and Wade Barrett are included. Others include Marty Scurll, Flip Gordon, Tessa Blanchard, Will Osprey, Tama Tonga, and Madison Rayne (that last one is pretty random).Of just those srossi listed:
Will Osprey
Marty Scuril
Flip Gordon
Tama Tonga


Meltzer is reporting that WWE is going hard after Scurll, but obviously Scurll is good friends with the AEW crew.  His ROH contract ends before the end of the year and ROH wants him back but that seems unlikely.



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