Post by Patriot on Jan 8, 2019 11:05:35 GMT -6
This is one of those temper expectations things, but at the same time it's really hard not to be excited about the possibilities.
Since WCW went under, the closet thing WWE ever had to real competition was TNA on Spike. The money was there, the network was strong enough, and there was a really good roster to work with. But the person in charge was a huge mark with no working knowledge of the wrestling industry or how to put on a good show, made even worse by the fact that she had to make herself an on-screen character.
ROH could be, given the company that owns them, but Sinclair will never put real money into ROH or use it as anything other than material for their syndicated stations.
NJPW could be, but it's a drastically different product than what the majority of the American audience is accustomed to and is still just a taped matches on a relatively obscure network.
That brings us to AEW, the new start-up from Cody, The Young Bucks and Adam Page. They've got the backing of the Khan family, with the son serving as the president and supposedly putting up $100 million into the promotion.
Jericho seems likely for the promotion. Kenny Omega seems likely, but could still go WWE (I doubt it).
Those would be big gets. Inside WWE currently, Finn Balor, The Good Brothers, Dolph Ziggler, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins would all likely jump given the chance (Balor and the Good Brothers, still unhappy creatively supposedly). AJ Styles' contract ends in April and he wants a reduced contract. He could jump.
There's rumors of Goldberg negotiating with them, which I'm not a fan of but understand, and more importantly they're supposedly in negotiations with Time Warner of all people to air a show on TBS or TNT.
So they at least have a good selection of talent that they could acquire, a lot of money behind them, and the #1 thing they need to possibly seriously compete with WWE would be an actual big network like a TBS or a TNT.