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Daily DeMarco: All Elite Wrestling Has Already Changed The World



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Greg DeMarco is back with his not-so-hot take on All Elite Wrestling and their quest to change the world: they already have.

The phrase “change the world” has been associated with All Elite Wrestling since its inception, originally quipped by Matt Jackson (low key one of the smartest minds in the business). It’s more than a hope at this point. Heck, it’s not even a vision, mission, or otherwise. Less than a week in, it’s already a reality.

Don’t believe me? The facts speak for themselves:

Cody Rhodes, Brandi Rhodes and The Young Bucks Are Executives

These positions aren’t symbolic or honorary. They’re real. Wrestling talent is holding down positions similar to that of Triple H, and they’re all in their 30s. They’re doing so in a company backed by a billionaire family that has already put up $100 million–and is working on a TV deal that could be on a Turner network.

Kenny Omega Might Sign The Biggest First-Time WWE Contract Ever

If the number is to be believed (I have my doubts), Kenny Omega has been offered 3.5 million dollars. No one has been offered that in their first ever WWE contract. It’s a deal that would put him at the top of the full-time performers in terms of a guarantee. That’s not big, it’s HUGE.

Omega is appealing to WWE for many reasons, including his penetration into the video game world. He’s insanely over around the world, also important to the WWE’s worldwide goals.

But Omega is also a wildcard, as All Elite Wrestling has to be in play. I can see him going there for less money, given the freedom he would likely have and what would likely be a lighter schedule. Kenny is his own man, and his pay check is only part of the puzzle. He is going to be a huge story in 2019, and that has been made bigger thanks to All Elite Wrestling.

Ring Of Honor Lost More Talent At One Time Than Ever Before

Cody Rhodes, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, Adam Page, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky, BJ Whitmer (backstage), and on delay Marty Scurll. That’s 9 talents that ROH is losing, and 5 of them were in the top two matches at Final Battle–the biggest ROH event of the year.

Some of that is on ROH, but that’s a topic for a different Daily DeMarco. Today, it’s about the talent that left, and it’s a void you can’t easily fill. The signings of PCO, Brody King, Bandido, and Mark Haskins are great, but they can’t replace even a fraction of the attention that came to ROH’s way thanks to The Elite. New Japan seems committed to their partnership, but the company doesn’t need ROH as much as ROH needs them. That’s not a good position to be in, and it’s all thanks to All Elite Wrestling.


IMPACT Wrestling has to broadcast their product on Twitch to ensure their fans can see it, since the Pursuit Channel is available in so few homes. ROH is about to see life without The Elite, when they already drew houses disconcertingly low in Las Vegas for Death Before Honor weekend. Without running a single event under the All Elite Wrestling banner, the Elite and company are already the #2 promotion in the United States, and probably #5 worldwide.

That’s BEFORE they even run a show! Now you can likely count ALL IN as part of their vibe, but that was done in partnership with Ring Of Honor and New Japan. This is all them, and they are proving to be the hottest act in the country.

What Does It All Mean, Man?

As I’ve been saying, 2019 is set to be the most interesting year in the history of the business–and the “business” is the top story. We’ve never had this level of access to the inner workings (which comes with a lot of misinformation), but the world is literally ours and we are in the middle of it.

And this doesn’t even count what is going to happen when WWE contracts come up for renewal. If AEW is successful, what’s to stop over stars like Zack Ryder or The Revival from jumping ship? If the money is comparable, would you blame them?

All Elite Wrestling wants to change the world. Well, in my opinion, they already have.

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Levin: Television Deal Gives AEW A Chance To Push WWE Around

With the news of Tuesday Night Dynamite on TNT, it should shake things up. How much potential lies in this AEW deal? 



With the news of Tuesday Night Dynamite on TNT, it should shake things up. How much potential lies in this AEW deal?

I don’t know if it is competition yet, but the fact AEW has a television deal with WarnerMedia to air live matches in a weekly primetime format on TNT should make things interesting.

I’m not expecting the return of the Monday Night Wars or for Tony Khan to shout from Stone Mountain that he is in the “wrasslin business” as Ted Turner once did to the deaf ears of Vince McMahon. This isn’t the same kind of confrontation between two middle-aged men with egos bigger than the state of Florida.

Per the New York Post, “The new wrestling company and WarnerMedia announced the agreement Wednesday morning. TNT will air live AEW matches weekly in prime time starting in the fall, as well as streaming them on B/R Live and on pay-per-view. AEW will be presented to advertisers during the WarnerMedia Upfront at the Madison Square Garden Theater on Wednesday.”

If this is the kind of entrance Khan and his performers want to make, then I am all for it. Pro wrestling is moving the needle a bit from the monopoly of the McMahons with NJPW, ROH and the NWA grabbing the attention of fans – away from the stale and pungent feel of what WWE has offered ahead of the Money in the Bank PPV. If anything, there is an injection of adrenaline in a business that has been on life support in some circumstances since the last day WCW was in operation and Billionaire Ted gave in to the struggles of trying to get it right on a weekly basis.

Per Joseph Staszewski,” The deal marks the first time wrestling will appear on TNT since the final “WCW Monday Nitro” on March 26, 2001, and officially puts AEW in competition with WWE for prime-time television ratings.”

My son wasn’t two yet and I was on my first wife at the time.

Now comes the fun of seeing what Khan, who is a huge wrestling fan and part owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars will do with top-level talent (Cody, Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, The Young Guns and Britt Baker to name a few) at his disposal.

If the branding and storylines follow that of the old NWA with a splash of WCW from the early 1990s mixed in, then Khan and his venture have a chance to rock the wrestling boat. No one is going to knock McMahon off his lofty perch. But the programming and promotion can offer hardened fans a chance to see their old favorites weekly.

What AEW did by making the announcement in grand style is deliver a message to WWE, which signifies this is an upstart that isn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers. It was the right time with the right company backing them.

It’s time to see if the McMahon old guard is as solid as it once was or can the little engine that could make a dent in a business monopolized for too long.

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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Smackdown (5/14/19)

They had Kayla Braxton interview Lars Sullivan. Really.



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WWE Smackdown is in London this week, and it’s the go home SD Live for Money In The Bank. Who stood out?

WWE Money In The Bank is on the horizon, and the WWE Smackdown side takes it home in dramatic fashion. Who delivered big performances this week?

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Andrade

Andrade is the man. Seriously, he’s taken tranquilo to the main shows in WWE, and it shows in such a good way. I still wish he was on Raw where he’d be given more opportunity, but he still makes the most out of each moment. Despite the “tranquilo” attitude I referred to, every thing he does actually has far more intensity than almost anyone else not named Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre, or Roman Reigns. Traditional thinking means a win here won’t lead to a Money In The Bank briefcase retrieval, but if I was booking the show he’d leave Money In The Bank with the WWE Championship.

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The Second Star: Kayla Braxton

These assholes had Kayla Braxton, a mixed-race female, interview Lars Sullivan? LARS SULLIVAN? I don’t know what idiot made that decision, but they need some special training of their own. Kayla, of course, handled it like the true professional she is. But I’m biased, because I love Kayla Braxton.

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The First Star for WWE Smackdown: Kevin Owens

I am so glad Kevin Owens didn’t stay babyface for long. He’s more than a natural heel–he’s a spectacular heel. He told the truth to Kofi (“reality begins…reality ends this Sunday”) and it worked. He answered Kofi’s babyface challenge, but walked away multiple times, which was long enough to make Sami Zayn’s attack unpredictable. He’s fat, looks dirty, and wrestles in a t-shirt. But he’s so good while doing it. Kevin Owens is the heel we all need, in an era where it’s hard to be a true heel.

Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
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In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.

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