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 Posted: Thu Apr 11th, 2019 07:34 pm
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tamalie wrote: I am interested to see how AEW translates as a promotion once it is up and running on a larger scale. Those "Being The Elite" segments on YouTube get lots of views. AEW, or what amounts to it, sold out the Chicago show last fall. As AEW, it has another sell out coming up. However, these are two effective supercards that have relied on fly in fans with lots of advance build up. What happens when the promotion must run more regularly to get TV content created and must draw on the road in situations in which it can't rely on the internet hardcores from far away to fill the seats?

I realize we are talking about two different promotions with two different fan bases and promotional styles. However, TNA went live up against Raw with Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, X-Pac, Rob Van Dam, the Dudleys, Jeff Hardy, and Mick Foley, plus familiar midcarders from the WWE, WCW, and ECW and home grown stars or guys with indy roots like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, and James Storm. It got killed. TNA, of course, couldn't put 10,000 people in an arena, then or now, if the show was free let alone sell all the tickets as AEW has.

Can AEW's momentum be sustained? Is this a case of there being a huge fan base out there waiting for AEW or is this a case of 25,000 people making a lot of noise that won't translate to this higher visibility stage that requires a larger audience?

I don't think AEW will be stupid enough to compete directly against WWE, or even see themselves as competition for WWE.  They don't have to.  If they can be twice as successful as ROH, maybe 1.5 times as successful, that will be a hell of an accomplishment and they can stay in business for years with everyone comfortably making money and the Khans floating them for life. 

And TNA's attempt at going head-to-head with Raw, no matter what talent they had lined up, was so poorly thought out and rushed that it's really not a fair comparison.  It almost came across as a rib by Hogan and Bischoff more than a serious attempt at doing business.  Hogan and Bischoff were getting paid massive amounts of money either way, money that TNA didn't have and wasn't going to be sustainable without them actually beating WWE, which was never going to happen.  Their mistake was hiring them in the first place.  Hogan and Bischoff saw Dixie for what she was, a money mark.  You know privately, at some point, one said to the other, "This might be our last huge paycheck in the business so let's just cash in and squeeze this dry.  If it works then great, if not we made our money and the fallout is TNA's problem."  I don't get that sense at all from the AEW project.  Tony Khan seems to be a legit businessman as well as a fan and Cody and the Bucks know their necks are on the line to make this work.  No one is in a rush to piss away other people's money like in TNA.   

Last edited on Thu Apr 11th, 2019 07:42 pm by srossi



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