The competitive world of wrestling: AEW vs. WWE

Taylor Jensen, Editor-in-Chief

Since the late 90’s, the World Wrestling Entertainment has faced competition with other wrestling promotions such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action (TNA) and now that a new promotion titled “All Elite Wrestling” (AEW) has begun to surface in the wrestling world, fans are questioning if WWE will be facing another “war.”

Since last year, WWE has been struggling to keep their TV ratings at a steady rate but ever since the Dec. 24, 2018 taping of “Monday Night Raw” drew the lowest ratings in history with 1.7 million viewers, fans have said that they will start to take a liking to AEW.

One wouldn’t quite possibly call this a “Monday Night War” because both promotions, so far, are not scheduled to broadcast at the same time and on the same night. WWE, then WWF, battled WCW for higher ratings back in the Attitude Era on Monday nights on the same hour and it took time for WWE to dominate.

However, when Mick Foley won the WWE Championship on Raw on Jan. 4, 1998, 600,000 fans switched from WCW to WWF to watch Foley win the title. That night forever changed history because WWE had finally smoked WCW in the war for higher ratings.

Owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and multi-millionaire Shahid “Shad” Khan, former WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, and former WWE wrestler Cody Rhodes, are all involved in AEW’s creation. Jericho and Rhodes are a few of the hottest names in the wrestling world as of right now, so that could possibly lead WWE fans to abandon WWE and become part of AEW’s fanbase. Former WWF/WWE superstar Billy Gunn is also going to be a producer for AEW.

It has been reported that AEW officials spoke of female talent receiving equal pay as the male talent and the wrestlers will receive full healthcare coverage if they get hurt in the ring. It’s obvious that this promotion is serious and desires to be in competition with WWE. Many fans believe that WWE will go under after AEW takes off for these reasons.

Since talk of AEW surfaced on the internet at the beginning of 2019, WWE stars have been supposedly asking for releases from the company. The rumored people are the tag team The Revival and Mike and Maria Kanellis. The Revival claimed that they are being disrespected in WWE and they are correct because they barely ever get any TV time.

However, there are others that think it’s foolish to believe that WWE will die because of the money within the company and the millions of loyal fans that they have, which would be myself included.

In my humble opinion, I don’t believe that AEW will ever get over WWE no matter how good AEW’s product is, how many old school legends they utilize, and how many fans they have.

As of right now, AEW is scheduled to have a show titled “Double or Nothing” in Las Vegas on May 25that the MGM Grand Garden Arena. This is the only show that is written in stone so far and there may be many more to come.

Nonetheless, AEW has yet to sign a TV deal which will be when competition heats up between the two companies.

I am certainly going to keep my eyes glued to AEW when they get a TV deal so I can see if it will really live up to its hype or if it’ll just turn into another TNA.