I really think AEW should take a long look at those first years TNA PPVs and how that pricing structure was done to try and draw people in. If I thought any of those people could see it I'd be on my hands and knees begging them not to go for the $50+ PPVs. Don't do it!
I just see something fresh with some verve and heart. Look at Jericho. The guy has a spring in his step and he's all in. Cody? Unbelievable where he's at. He has to be one of the best promos in the business today at least.
Apparently, there were creative differences. Mainly, PAC takes being Dragon Gate champion seriously and refused to do the job for Page. AEW doesn't want him to win due to plans for Page, and with the whole wins and losses things mattering, didn't want to do a DQ finish on a PPV.
The two wrestled in London with PAC getting DQ'd. AEW will be posting the match on their YouTube so fans can see it.
This is why you sign folks to exclusive contracts, or at the very least not announce and hype matches up months in advance for someone who isn't exclusive to your company.
To update the previous post, Meltzer says PAC was going to win the match against Page. The problem was him losing to Omega. He's not going to lose (unless DQ or time limit) while he's the Dragon Gate champion, which is absurd.
AEW has announced the signing of Dean Malenko as Senior Producer.
Not really sure what WWE was thinking when they let him go (or Arn Anderson for that matter). There's no way Sonjay Dutt and Abyss are going to put together a better match than Anderson and Malenko could.
AEW obviously tweeted that. Unfortunately this is exactly the trap I don't want to see them fall in to. Don't try and compete with WWE. DON'T DO IT.
I had and have mixed feelings about the obvious pokes and jabs at WWE we've already seen. It can go both ways. Ideally I want to see AEW concentrate on themselves and just don't worry about WWE. Be DIFFERENT. Be your own thing.
Abandon $50 a pop PPVs immediately. Take a cue from TNA's first few years.
My money is on Arn showing up before long, too. This is getting fascinating to see who is getting involved and what it could mean.
I wish Heyman would come over. I shouldn't even need to qualify that.
To answer your question from the shoutbox Sand, yes having a roster comprised mostly of cruiserweights is a big deal to me.
Nothing sets these guys apart. They're trying to sell Darby Allin and Jimmy Havoc as being dangerous. Allin because of his look, Havoc because of his garbage wrestling. They both look like clowns; I can't take either seriously.
Hardcore wrestling does nothing for me, and it's not going to find a large audience in 2019. Indy guys doing indy crap on a toned down scale. The same exact thing for all the flippy spotfests guys. You have no in-ring psychology and you can't sell... your over-choreographed spots with no impact lose all value when its done continuously.
It also doesn't help that Omega and the Young Bucks think every match has to be overly long and drawn out because they try to appeal to Meltzer. The show last night was too long for the amount of matches they had. Even the crowd in attendance lost interest, and who can blame them?
There was no reason for Page/Sabian to go 19 minutes. Just like there was no reason for Cody/Darby to go to a draw last month.
I'm just tired of the sameness. And this isn't a knock against AEW, because it's everywhere these days... the matches are all the same. Not everyone needs to get all their stuff in every time. Most of the matches feel like they're operating off a check list.