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AEW Will Be The Next Big Thing In Professional Wrestling

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David Levin chimes in on the future outlook for All Elite Wrestling, and the impact it can have on the wrestling business.

I have purposely not written this week until now. Usually, I write a piece on SmackDown Live and my thoughts about Tuesday night’s show. I was ready to lend my thoughts to the show in Jacksonville this week until the All Elite Wrestling rally held outside TIAA Bank Field prior to WWE’s invasion of the Veteran’s Memorial Arena.

While the crowd outside the stadium did not compare to the hoards that packed WWE’s event that night, the news of a new wrestling promotion breaking into a business dominated by the McMahon Family for the last two decades is big news. The fact AEW is being backed by Shad and Tony Khan, owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is even bigger news.

It looks like the Khan’s are in the wrasslin’ business, and may be able to take this upstart brand farther than other neophytes have gone before.

The Khans have shown they can be successful with the NFL, with their Premier League soccer club and now are trying their hand at professional wrestling. The game plan is aided by deep pockets which means this has a chance for staying power. With any wrestling promotion, money helps with stability. Unlike with TNA, which has struggled with television deals, the Khans can afford to find the right promotional deal to reach its audience.

Also, having Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho and Britt Baker (yes, big crush here) on board certainly leads to credibility. As Jerry Lawler said, in a story written by Tom Clark, he believes the Khans and this promotion has a chance to do something big in this industry. Lawler’s comments came on his Dinner with the King podcast.

“I wish them luck. It definitely will be a force to be reckoned with. When you have that much money, you can do pretty much anything. I think they’ll definitely get the thing off the ground and they’ll definitely be able to hire some big name talent.”

There have been plenty a wrestling start ups over the years. Once WWE bought out WCW, there was very little competition. The McMahons were essentially facing them selves in terms of trying to create a better product. TNA came along trying to salvage the old ideas of the NWA and while it is still on life-support, it has failed to deliver in popularity.

Other promotions like ROH and NJPW have appealed to the masses. And while the death of ECW was a got shot to those niche fans that liked blood and the insane, wrestling has been void of something new and exciting. That is until now.

I cover the Jaguars on a full-time basis and know if the Khans dream it, it can happen. Tony Khan has a vision with this that can and should work.

I’ve lived in Jacksonville for 38 years. And as a youngster my father would take me to the old Colosseum here in town where I would watch Dusty Rhodes on a weekly basis. I remember old-school wrestling like Jack and  Jerry Brisco. I remember how the spinning toe hold of Dory Funk, Jr. won world titles and how the Masked Assassin was the most evil villain on the planet.
I guess you could say that this new beginning is personal to me.
Often stated,  I believed in the old ideals of the NWA. I am a fan of the figure-four leg lock and the Texas Death Match. I remember more “Loser Leave Town” matches then I can remember. And when the likes of Rhodes, Roddy Piper, Bruno Sammartino, and Randy Savage left this earth, it affected me greatly.
Professional wrestling was something in my childhood that you enjoyed watching on a Saturday morning, but you didn’t talk about quite a bit because it was a taboo subject. It wasn’t mainstream like it is today. You can thank the McMahons for Innovacion and changes. You can thank the likes of Jeff and Jerry Jarrett for trying to maintain ideals of the old guard. Paul Heyman created reality wrestling so to speak with ECW. Now, a father and son team that owns a professional football team Is trying to break another barrier.
For those of us who were there on Tuesday, it was exciting and regardless of whether WWE was in our backyard, I get the feeling that AEW made a lasting impression that we’re gonna talk about for a while.
That’s what the Khan’s did when they purchased the Jaguars. That’s what they did when they put the worlds largest score boards in a football stadium. That’s what they did when they purchased a premier soccer club. And now that’s what they’re going to do with a new wrestling promotion.
Whether you like it or not, learn to love it, to paraphrase the great Ric Flair, learn to love it because it’s going to be here for a while. And as long as the Khans have the vision to make AEW innovative and exciting, it has a chance to leave an indelible mark on a sport void of a challenge to the old guard.


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Sex Appeal Will Not Boost Ratings Long Term For WWE

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In the latest editions of both RAW and SmackDown we saw in Mandy Rose and Alexa Bliss segments trying to make things edgier in the WWE in a way to raise the ratings of both shows after a terrible streak of all-time low ratings seen last month. Doing this is just an immediate solution for this crisis of ratings WWE has.  

The effect

The Alexa Bliss segment with the WWE ‘’official’’ entering by mistake to her private locker room as of this moment has 5.9 million views on YouTube and Mandy’s hotel room segment gathered 2.7 million views on YouTube as well, being the most seen videos of each show. This was predictable to happen since both women are attractive and this kind of segments always get the attention of people especially casual fans of the WWE product.

3 steps forward and 7 steps backwards

On Monday we saw the reveal of the WWE women’s tag team belts. The championships have a very great look and outshine most of the belts in the WWE main roster but the fact people to this day are talking more about the Alexa and Mandy segments was poor timing by the WWE and people are focus on what next sexy segment will WWE do next week instead of talking about the belts. WWE just like in 2018 must work a lot of things in the women’s department.

A short term thing

This sex appeal segments for obvious reasons will get the attention of some people and gather a great deal of views on YouTube but that will only work on the short term. If we think on long term that act will become irrelevant pretty quick and the ratings will keep going down. This is just another bad idea from Vince McMahon and shows things haven’t change at all. WWE should instead focus on improving its booking heading to WrestleMania.

WWE should stop this now

As all reports have told us, the main event of WrestleMania 35 will most likely be Ronda Rousey Vs Becky Lynch Vs Charlotte Flair, and as WWE builds to this historic moment in women’s wrestling history having sex appeal segments while booking and building up this match, doing this type of segments will take the thunder out of such historic moment. WWE needs to realize this type of segments in 2019 are not ok.

The Scarlett Bordeaux case

 Some people will mention Scarlett Bordeaux and her character on IMPACT. Her case is a bit different since she is doing a parody of the ‘’WWE Divas’’ era of things, while I’m not fan of some aspects of the gimmick and segments this is clearly made as a parody and updated of that era. Scarlett is booked as this mastermind and narcissist wrestler/manager. To compare her act to the Mandy and Alexa segments would be unfair to Scarlett. The character of Bordeaux wants the reaction and attention but is not as a desperate attempt to get ratings like in WWE’s case.


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Will Samoa Joe Finally Headline WWE WrestleMania?

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David Levin takes a look at the Samoa Joe roadmap to WWE success, asking if he can finally get his WWE WrestleMania spotlight.

It wasn’t a typical Samoa Joe night Tuesday night. But it was a night many of us expect from the WWE superstar on the way to WrestleMania 35. The former NXT Champion brutalized Mustafa Ali in a match that best described how the man on a mission wants to finally reach the pinnacle of his career and win the Royal Rumble.

This is how Joe, who has been a contender for the Universal Title and the WWE Title in the past year should be thought of – as the biggest threat to 29 other WWE performers with one goal in mind – to win the Royal Rumble match and head to the biggest stage with a chip on his shoulder and a possible dream realized.

Phoenix could be the start of something big for one of the company’s best performers in and out of the ring.

Joe’s resume looks like a roadmap of how to become a successful professional wrestler.

Joe established himself in Ring Of Honor from the promotion’s beginning in 2002, holding the ROH World Championship for a record 21 months from March 2003 to December 2004. Upon joining TNA in June 2005, he embarked on a 19-month-long undefeated streak, and went on to hold the TNA World Heavyweight Championship once, the TNA X Division Championship five times, the TNA World Tag Team Championship twice, and the TNA Television Championship once; completing the TNA Triple Crown and the TNA Grand Slam.

Add to that a stint in WWE NXT where he was the brand’s first ever two-time champion and later, an enforcer on WWE’s main roster. His size, speed, agility and ability to deliver a kick-ass promo makes him one of the best the promotion has to offer. The only thing eluding him is a belt and a moniker as the best of the best at what he does.  Underutilized? For sure. Underrated? It’s not even a discussion.

After feuds with Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, A.J. Styles and Brock Lesnar what is holding him back? Injuries for one. Maybe a lack of direction and third, the changes WWE has implemented in the past month has set a course for new talent and bigger matches. Joe should be leading this charge.

Joe does not want to get into a situation where he is known as the “greatest to never win the WWE Title”. It’s a road Hall of Fame stars have traveled. Rick Rude, Roddy Piper, and Rick Steamboat. There are others on the company roster who can make a case for the same moniker. Joe is first in line.

There are eight days until the Royal Rumble as I write this blog. It’s already electric. Expect Joe to be one of the last four standing next Sunday night. I expect him to walk out of Phoenix with a ticket to WrestleMania 35. I know fellow blogger Sarah Hirsch will be fangirling when this happens because a Joe-Finn Balor main event is quite possible.

It’s part of the continued evolution of Samoa Joe. And the next step takes place in Phoenix at the Royal Rumble.


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