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Abe’s 2018 in Review (Part 1): Match of the Year Candidates

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June has almost concluded which means we’re about halfway through the 2018 calendar year.  Let’s take a look at some of the best matches thus far and reflect on the highlights.  The candidates are listed below in chronological order with the winner being announced last.

Kenny Omega (c) v. Chris Jericho – Wrestle Kingdom 12 (1.4)

I was initially worried that Jericho was reaching a certain age and that he wouldn’t be able to keep up with Kenny.  What then happened was far from my assumption.  The No DQ stipulation really added to the match and the new environment brought Jericho into his comfort zone.  He made the most out of his new heel “Alpha” persona and delivered on all levels.  The Wrestle Kingdom card was loaded with great matches but this is the match that brought a whole bunch of fresh eyes on the New Japan product.  Even with all the hype surrounding the match, they surpassed my expectations by putting on my favorite match of the night.

Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) v. Minoru Suzuki – NJPW New Beginning in Sapporo (1.27)

Not enough people talked about this match because it wasn’t on some giant marquee show.  I showed it to a friend and a family member and they were incredibly impressed.  The friend even had a frozen expression on his face with mouth agape at the match’s conclusion.  Suzuki had injured Tana’s knee earlier in the month and was obsessed with exploiting it.  Add that with his already injured bicep muscle to Suzuki’s target of choice.  Minoru Suzuki worked the body parts for the whole match which isn’t to most fans’ liking but I thought it was riveting stuff.  The top villain of the company was setting an example at the expense of the top hero as the fans watched in agony.  The fans cheered Tanahashi on while the official urged him to save himself and give up but he refused.  I was captivated.  It happened Royal Rumble weekend and I genuinely didn’t think any WWE match was going to top it but then something happened…

Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) v. Johnny Gargano – NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia (1.27)

It was the instant classic that WWE has been searching for.  Every time I thought the match was near its conclusion, the competitors traded even more holds and near-falls.  It was the first WWE match that Dave Meltzer has awarded 5 stars since 2011 and I think it rightfully deserved it.  The showcase of technicians paired with the involvement of Zelina Vega and Candice LeRae gave us something all fans could enjoy.  Johnny has had such a big 2018 that this match already feels so far in the past.  I know a lot of fans wanted this to be Johnny’s crowning moment but I think the right man won.

The Young Bucks v. The Golden Lovers – NJPW Strong Style Evolved (3.25)

If you love storytelling then this is the match for you.  Some elements of the story date back about 8 years.  Newly realigned with his former lover, Kota Ibushi, Kenny Omega was forced to battle his two closest friends for the right of tag team supremacy.  You can visibly see the emotional thermometer fluctuate for all four men throughout the match.  Anguish, regret, aggression, passion, love – all of it.  It was truly a work of art.  The entire audience rose in unison at the sound of the final bell and delivered a standing ovation.  Many tears were shed that night.

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The Night of Ladder Wars and Blood Feuds – ROH Supercard of Honor XII & NXT TakeOver: New Orleans (4.7)

Like many fans, I was labored with the first-world problem of choosing between NXT and Ring of Honor.  I ultimately chose NXT because I was a little more invested in those storylines going into Saturday night.  Of course I didn’t regret my decision because I ended up seeing an all-time great ladder match for the North American Title.  The guy next to me even called his friend twice during the match to make sure he was watching it.  While all of that was going on, the Young Bucks (and Flip Gordon) were putting on a classic ladder match of their own against SoCal Uncensored over in ROH.  Both cards also had the two hottest feuds of the wrestling world headlining: Omega v. Cody & Gargano v. Ciampa.  The Gargano and Ciampa match might be my favorite match I’ve ever seen live.  I’ll never forget the fans raining down expletives on Ciampa for several minutes straight during his entrance.  The perfect combinations of booking, storytelling, and brutality concluded the best show I’ve ever attended.  I had the ROH main event spoiled for me but I’m still glad I went back to watch it.  It was obviously entertaining and I’m incredibly excited for Cody’s and Kenny’s rematch for the IWGP Heavyweight belt next week.

Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey v. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon – Wrestlemania 34 (4.8)

I couldn’t remember if I was more intrigued or nervous for this one.  Kurt and Triple H are at the tail-end of their careers, Steph hadn’t wrestled a match in years, and Ronda had never had a televised match ever.  This was Kurt’s return to the grandest stage and Ronda’s re-introduction to the world.  I just wanted desperately for everyone to do well because there were so many things that could have gone wrong.  When reflecting back on the event that night, I decided this was the match that left me the most entertained.  Keep in mind, I was sitting near the top of the Superdome.  I was physically far removed from the electricity of the match but it still kept my attention the whole time.  Also, being so high up means I can see everyone laying around the ring which gives me a chance to anticipate broken pinfalls and submissions.  Even with that advantage, I still had no idea which way the match was going to tilt on many occasions.  I don’t know if it was the spot on the card or everyone doing their job right but it was fantastic.  Ronda having the match of the night at Wrestlemania in her television debut is an impossible feat to accomplish.  You can tell they all worked really hard to put it together and I’m just so proud of all parties involved.

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Hiromu Takahashi v. Taiji Ishimori – NJPW Best of the Super Jr. 25 Finals (6.4)

I wrote about this one in a past article so I wont go on for too long about it.  This match was the conclusion of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament and clearly the best bout of the whole thing.  The BOSJ Finals has a habit of providing a MOTY candidate and this one did not disappoint.  This match had everything: submissions, dangerous spots, fights in the bleachers, crowd energy – you name it.  With Hiromu being the fan favorite and Ishimori the newest member of the Bullet Club, NJPW’s junior heavyweight division is going to be in good hands for years to come.

Johnny Gargano v. Tommaso Ciampa II – NXT TakeOver: Chicago II (6.16)

When this one was over, my buddy and I were left laughing.  Not because it was bad.  It was executed so well that laughter was the only way we knew how to express our sheer joy and appreciation.  A lot of us were anticipating Candice to cost Johnny the match but the segment beforehand told us that wasn’t going to happen.  That was wise because then we went in with any expectations wiped clean.  The match featured references to the feud’s history with added moments like the one involving Johnny’s wedding ring.  As Ciampa was getting stretchered out, I was left wondering if they were ever going to incorporate the exposed ring canvas.  They made sure to answer that thought right away.

Pete Dunne (c) v. Zack Gibson – NXT UK Championship Special (Aired 6.26)

This one was taped last week and televised this week so it’s the most recent addition to the list.  It aired in the middle of the day in The States so not many fans have even seen it.  I was ready to write about the United Kingdom Championship Tournament Finals between Gibson and Travis Banks but then this one edged it out the next night.  Our favorite snarky heel, Pete Dunne was actually the babyface of this match which provided a refreshing dynamic.  The UK crowd was hot as usual and Zack Gibson solidified himself as a potential cornerstone for the future NXT UK brand.

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MOTY: Kazuchika Okada (c) v. Kenny Omega – NJPW Dominion (6.9)

I didn’t forget about it.  I may have been running on zero sleep during the match but I didn’t forget.  I said the winner was going to be announced last, remember?  It was a 2 out of 3 Falls match that lasted over an hour with a storyline two years in the making.  What more could you ask for as a wrestling fan?  Some have said it’s the greatest match in the history of wrestling.  I’m not sure if I’ll go that far but I understand the sentiment.  I may not be ready to call it the best match ever but it’s going to be awhile before another match makes me jump up and down while hugging my best friend.  It was the total underdog story that provided me with one of my favorite memories of watching wrestling.  I can’t wait to see what Omega, Okada, and New Japan do to follow it.

I am fully aware I left off A LOT of great matches.  Seth Rollins, Aleister Black, Tetsuya Naito, Will Ospreay and the Undisputed Era are notable absences but I promise they all very narrowly missed the cut.  EC3 would want me to only include the top one percent of my favorites anyway.  The ultimate deciding factor was which matches left me feeling something at the end.  There is also a lack of female wrestlers.  I think the reason for this is some of the most talented women on the roster (Sasha, Bayley, Ember, Becky, Nattie) haven’t yet received the high quality storylines they’re accustomed to.  If Charlotte/Asuka and the women’s MITB match were each given 5 more minutes, they likely would have been on here.  The NXT women’s division is also rebuilding with fresher faces.  Shayna Baszler had stellar matches against Ember Moon and Toni Storm so I think she’s only going to get better.   The next parts of my Review will look at current MVPs of 2018 and things to look out for the rest of the year.

 


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Greg DeMarco’s 2024 WWE Royal Rumble Reaction

It’s the Royal Rumble! A favorite of many fans, the Rumble kicks off the Road To WrestleMania. Greg DeMarco is here with his live reactions to the event!

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WWE Royal Rumble 2024 Results

It’s the Royal Rumble! A favorite of many fans, the Rumble kicks off the Road To WrestleMania. Greg DeMarco is here with his live reactions to the event!

The WWE Royal Rumble is upon us, and while the Men’s Royal Rumble Match isn’t for the World Heavyweight Championship like I suggested, it’s still the most anticipated event of the year.

Why? The Unknown.

That’s right–in this age of the internet (usually incorrectly) telling us everything it possibly can about what is going to happen in the world of wrestling, the Royal Rumble stands out because despite what we’re told (or, more importantly, what we choose to listen to), the event is always full of fun and surprises.


Check out Steven Mitchell’s 2024 WWE Royal Rumble Results & Review!


Women’s Royal Rumble Match

  • They really are driving home the “main event WrestleMania” point this year–strengthens my thought that women will main event Night 1. Triple H would catch a ton of heat if he keeps women out for the third straight year.
  • NAOMI! Good to see her back, and the emotional response she had.
  • Love Michael Cole calling out Naomi’s time in TNA, and recognizing her as a former Knockouts Champion.
  • Entering #3 doesn’t bode well for Bayley. I honestly don’t think she is gonna win.
  • JORDYNNE GRACE! I saw the reports earlier today. This is a much bigger deal than Mickie James, because Mickie was a returning legend.
  • “TNA HAS A WEAPON!” So glad to have Pat McAfee on the call.
  • Honestly, Jordynne Grace belongs in WWE.

  • Asuka comes in, and they sell the surprise of Bayley. STORYTELLING, people!
  • Something tells me when we get Kairi Sane in there, The Kabuki Warriors will eliminate Bayley.
  • Ivy Nile enters, and I immediately want to see her go toe-to-toe with Jordynne Grace.
  • What if they pulled some crazy sh*t and had Jordynne Grace win???
  • Just step through the ropes next time, Bianca.
  • When I first saw the C4 clock, I thought I would get tired of it But I am already used to it.
  • Here’s Kairi Sane, time to set the plan into motion!
  • This crowd does not appear to like Tegan Nox.
  • Welp, there goes my idea o Asuka and Kairi eliminating Bayley.
  • That was a hell of a way for Jordynne Grace to go out.

  • I think Michael Cole secretly loves to call a Meteora.
  • There’s a reason Maxxine Dupri doesn’t wrestle much.
  • That tandem Code Red was very Young Buckish. And that’s not a compliment.
  • Hair,…gear…this might be the messiest Royal Rumble yet.
  • Ah, here comes the winner, Becky Lynch (I am calling Becky eliminates Bayley to win her second Royal Rumble).
  • LOVE the scoreboard of time in the Rumble for selected wrestlers.

  • R-TRUTH?!?! (Funny story, it was Truth’s spot that Nia Jax took in 2019.)
  • If you push Mia Yim, she’ll take it further than you could imagine.
  • “How is everybody the most athletic person on Earth?” – Pat McAfee
  • Surprising that Roxanne Perez, at #27, is the first NXT entrant. I don’t think we’ll be seeing Tiffany Stratton of Blair Davenport since we only have 3 more to come.
  • Amazing reaction for Jade Cargill. Give her time, she’s definitely going to be a huge star.
  • JUST GIVE HER TIME.
  • Seriously, Nia Jax had to help Jade eliminate her–A LOT.

  • Greg Was Wrong: It is indeed Tiffy Time in the Royal Rumble.
  • Back to Jade–she is insanely over.
  • I know it won’t be, but this should be Tiffany Stratton’s official main roster call-up.
  • Liv Morgan returns at #30, and good for Liv. She nearly went wire-to-wire last year.
  • Liv Morgan: “Thank you!” Pat McAfee: “No problem.”
  • Tiffany Stratton eliminating Roxanne Perez is, to me, an invitation for a match with them on Raw this Monday.
  • Still love the scoreboard as Naomi passes an hour.
  • The camera is catching a lot of in-ring communications right now.
  • And Jade Cargill eliminates my pick to win. Bye Becky.
  • Jade Cargill in the final three of the Royal Rumble (with Liv Morgan and Bayley) is huge for her.
  • Hell of a debut for Jade Cargill.
  • And a huge win for Bayley.

Winner of the 2024 Women’s Royal Rumble Match: Bayley (eliminating Liv Morgan to win)

Fatal 4-Way Match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Randy Orton vs AJ Styles vs. LA Knight vs. Roman Reigns (champion, with Paul Heyman)

  • Glad to see AJ Styles got his tights back. Pants AJ Styles (but still with the football gloves) was not working. Not just bring the beard back to your face Allen–the think beard also ain’t working.

  • Pat McAfee campaigning for Roman Reigns to be given at least a 26% chance is amazing.
  • Say what you want about LA Knight, he’s a damn star and totally belongs in this match.
  • Roman completely sandbagged Randy on the table drop. I don’t think it was on purpose, but he definitely didn’t jump.
  • Roman Reigns is very much like Gunther in that he does the simple things SO WELL, like a jumping clothesline. That’s how you do it.
  • Yes, I compared Roman Reigns to Gunther. Don’t @ me, I’m right.

  • RKO City, Bitch.
  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand here’s Solo! (At some point, Solo will get tired of saving Roman’s ass.)
  • Solo ’bout to go through that barricade.
  • Solo indeed went through that barricade.

  • Yes, we had the Solo interference mid-match, but honestly in the end Roman won that clean.

Winner, #ANDSTILL your Undisputed WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns

WWE United States Championship: Kevin Owens vs. Logan Paul (champion)

  • Kevin Owens wearing Zubaz shorts in the Performance Center fight makes me very happy.
  • Logan Paul talking about a full time run, and now he’s putting on size.
  • Logan’s headband didn’t list very long.
  • I honestly hate it when modern-day wrestlers bust out a crotch chop.
  • If you were watching the Royal Rumble and didn’t know who Logan Paul was, you’d just assume he was a pro wrestler. That says everything you need to know about how good he is at this.
  • ANOTHER crotch chop. Now we’re at 2 too many.

  • Cue the “Better Buckshot Than Hangman” tweets. But they might be right.
  • I love the idea of a Logan Paul, Austin Theory, and Grayson Waller stable.
  • C’mon, there’s NO WAY Ryan Tran could see the knucks on Kevin Owens’ hand given his placement. It’s the little things.
  • Finish here tells me we’ll see KO vs. Logan Paul again. I’d guess on TV, if not in Australia.

Winner by disqualification, #ANDSTILL WWE United States Champion: Logan Paul

Men’s Royal Rumble Match

  • Jey Uso coming at #1 was expected thanks to the internet reports. But I still think Jimmy should be #1 and Jey #2, for the reaction shots on Jimmy.
  • Grayson Waller talking himself to the ring is perfect.
  • “No Yeet!” Grayson is a brilliant performer. I’d make a Roddy Piper comparison here, but y’all would get at mad at me.
  • Good to have Andrade back in WWE. Great reaction for him when the mask came off.

  • SmackDown superstar Carmelo Hayes! I really really really hope Trick is also in this match, just for the chants.
  • Melo pointed to the sign, C’mon, man.
  • Do you send Andrade to Smackdown, or do you send him to Raw and let him do his own thing?
  • Oh goody, Karrion Kross is here. Yay.
  • (Yes, that’s sarcasm you read.)
  • Dominik Mysterio is so good. Give him time, he’s going to be a huge star.

  • The Royal Rumble was a great place for the Apple Spot.
  • Here comes Bob Lashley–please just eliminate Karrion Kross.
  • Lashley wearing the WrestleMania white gear more than 2 months early.
  • Austin Theory still gets his concussion effect entrance, despite it being the Rumble.
  • What if–hear me out now–Finn Balor wins the Royal Rumble to get the shot at Seth Rollins, and Priest uses his briefcase to make that match a triple threat at ‘Mania?
  • I know he didn’t, but it sure looked like Jimmy was swerving while he drives in that interaction with Gunther.
  • Kofi did tell us the Rumble Magic wasn’t happening anymore.
  • Give me Ivar vs Gunther!
  • Bron Breakker is a star. It’s inevitable.
  • Of course Omos would be in the Rumble. Good to see MVP on my TV as well.
  • “I didn’t know humans came that big!” – Pat McAfee
  • I half think Pat McAfee didn’t know he was entering the Rumble.
  • Nice moment for Bron Breakker eliminating Omos. WrestleMania match?
  • R-Truth trying to get Dominik (Tom or Nick?) Mysterio to tag him in is brilliant.
  • DOM MADE THE TAG!!!
  • “And now R-Truth is the legal man.” – thank you Michael Cole.
  • Michael Cole delivers multiple TNA references tonight, along with a Dolph Ziggler reference. God Bless Michael Cole.
  • Imagine for a second that this was CM Punk’s actual WWE return.
  • The reaction to Drew McIntyre’s entrance is a reminder that they don’t actually need him.
  • Sami Zayn enters at #30, also known as “Not The Rock.”

  • In the ring, Drew McIntyre is amazing. Just keep the microphone away from him. (And stop the damn counting!)
  • And there goes my choice for the Men’s Rumble!
  • Love having both Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins in the press boxes watching to see who wins.
  • Punk kinda looks like Chris Jericho in there. Seriously.
  • Between Punk and Cody, Cody is the right choice. I really don’t want to watch Punk right now–he needs to hit the cardio, and hard. Given Seth Rollins’ injury and Punk’s conditioning, WWE would be smart to make the World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 40 a multi-man match.

Winner of the 2024 Men’s Royal Rumble: Cody Rhodes


Overall thoughts on the 2024 WWE Royal Rumble

For at least the second straight year, the Men’s Royal Rumble Match was kinda disappointing. Not the result–that’s fine. But the match itself. It just wasn’t nearly as exciting as the Women’s. Of the four matches, I would place it 4th in terms of enjoyment.

Great moments for both Bayley and Cody Rhodes. Logan Paul continually shows that he deserves to be considered a pro wrestler, not a celebrity who is wrestling. Pat McAfee is a joy on commentary. Jordynne Grace is a WWE Superstar, regardless of what company she is signed to. Bron Breakker is a star.CM Punk is very out of shape. Cody Rhodes is about to become THE guy, and he deserves it.

Overall I give the event a thumbs up, but they have to do something about the Men’s Royal Rumble Match moving forward.


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WWE Raw Heads To Netflix: What Does It Mean?

Monumental news drops as WWE RAW is moving to Netflix. Is it truly a game changing move? Greg DeMarco analyzes this shift for the TV wrestling business.

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Monumental news drops as WWE RAW is moving to Netflix. Is it truly a game changing move? Greg DeMarco analyzes this shift for the TV wrestling business.

Being a wee little kid in the 80s, I am “lucky enough” to remember having 3 TV channels, and my dad explaining what an 8-track is, how shocked I was when I say a laser disc for the first time, when I bought a 6 CD changer, installed my own car stereo, and all the way up to the fact that I have now been watching WWE pay-per-view/premium live events on the WWE Network and Peacock for 10 years. Hell, in the same month (February 2014) I signed up for the WWE Network, cut the cord to drop cable and got Sling TV. I have since moved onto YouTube TV which is highly recommended.

Over the last two years the NFL has put Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime, simulcast to various streaming services, and less than 2 weeks ago put a playoff game exclusively on streaming when a Wildcard Weekend showdown between the Chiefs and Dolphins was only shown on Peacock.

And now it’s fully permeated into pro wrestling.

WWE and AEW are both in the midst of a very important time on the business side, with all of their TV rights up for grabs. The first domino fell when SmackDown On FOX became SmackDown on USA Network, and soon after we learned that WWE NXT was moving to broadcast television and joining The CW (which is also rebranding, but just to CW).

The AEW suite of programming that includes Collision, Rampage, and their most successful show Dynamite is up for renewal with Warner Bros/Discovery, and Tony Khan has been optimistic about the relationship and potentially an increase in rights fees.

That brings us to Tuesday morning, and the likely groundbreaking WWE announcement that Raw is moving to Netflix, starting in January 2025. Triple H tweeted that they’re changing the game, and TKO President and COO Mark Shapiro (who knows a thing or two about shifts in media consumption) used the word “transformative” in his statement, and I really think he couldn’t be more right.

But what does it all mean?

Wrestling Remains A Strong Media Product

I have been claiming this for over a year now. As many online will cite a decline in TV viewership for both WWE and AEW, the TV product has been a strong value to networks. Even in dropping SmackDown, FOX themselves said they didn’t pump enough resources into the show, and that the advertising return wasn’t what they wanted. That doesn’t mean the product (TV value, we’re not talking about creative here) isn’t strong. It’s so strong that USA Network picked up SmackDown for $280 million per year, giving WWE an increase over the FOX deal. CW is paying $20-$25 million annually for NXT, and now Netflix is paying $500 million for RAW.

Why? Because wrestling isn’t just a strong media product, it’s consistent. And that is key.

Look at this quote from Netflix Chief Content Officer Bela Bajaria:

“Raw is the best of sports entertainment, blending great characters and storytelling with live action 52 weeks a year and we’re thrilled to be in this long-term partnership with WWE.”

Now cross reference that with a comment from CW President Dennis Miller from back when the CW/NXT deal was announced:

“We are thrilled to welcome the WWE brand into the CW Sports portfolio as they play an integral role in our mission to bring live sporting events to the network year-round.”

What do those statements have in common? The year-round, 52-week nature of wrestling programming. It’s an unbeatable value for networks. It’s cheaper than a deal with a major sports league, and it’s not finite. Wrestling joins news, talk, and sports talk as the only year-round programming available to networks. And WWE and AEW have shows that essentially always land in the Top 5 after you factor out live sports. You can’t beat it.

What Does This Mean for Netflix?

Don’t get it twisted, this is also a huge leap for Netflix. Prior to the WWE Raw deal, Netflix has only experimented with live events, streaming the live Chris Rock “Selective Outrage” special, and showing The Netflix Cup live (a golf event featuring athletes from their F1 series “Drive To Survive” and their golf series “Full Swing).

WWE is the perfect partner for Netflix as it gets into live programming. It’s sports entertainment: sports like programming (which Netflix has done) that focuses on storytelling (which Netflix has obviously done). And no one does it better than WWE. It’s essentially plug-and-play for Netflix, the perfect solution for their live programming aspirations.

The perfect solution that they were willing to pay $5 billion for.

What Does This Mean for AEW?

The biggest risk to an AEW renewal with Warner Bros Discovery was WBD picking up WWE Raw–and that risk has been eliminated by Netflix. Don’t discount that fact–Netflix did Tony Khan a huge favor by throwing $500 million per at WWE. The path is clear for AEW to remain on the Turner networks.

But at what price?

I know I usually write as if I have all the answers, but I have zero idea either way on this one. WBD no longer has any other options if it wants to keep wrestling (except for TNA, who recently expressed a desire to be on a bigger network), and AEW (at least, Dynamite) is a weekly Top 5 program for them on Wednesdays, on cable.

On the other hand, AEW doesn’t exactly have another network begging for their services. The reason WWE could get a yearly increase for Raw, SmackDown, and NXT is because it was truly a bidding war. Unless Tony Khan gets another network involved, any threat of walking away from a deal doesn’t really hold water.

So if I were a betting man (and who would ever bet on this) I would expect an announcement of a renewal for AEW and WBD relatively soon. We may not know the terms of the deal, I will take a shot in the dark and say that AEW gets a small increase (not the “nearly double” that had been reported last year).

Regardless of the increase (or not), given AEW’s recent attendance challenges, this likely renewal would have to be viewed as a win for the company.


Personally, this is simply an amazing time to be a fan. We’ve seen WWE go from one live TV show per week with Monday Night Raw, through the Monday Night Wars, the addition of SmackDown and later NXT, to being this global juggernaut that is commanding half-a-billion dollars per year for Raw. I also think this makes Raw the flagship once again. All of this comes after Vince McMahon is largely out of power, Triple H has taken over creative (and holds a pretty good success rate so far), and the company was sold to Endeavor, and merged with the UFC as a business entity under the TKO banner.

If you know me, you know I am a huge follower of the business side of the wrestling business. I often care less about WHAT wrestling companies do, but HOW they do it. I have always gravitated towards that, since middle school. And for the past near 24 months, I have been like a kid in a candy store.

The Peacock deal for the WWE Network runs out in 2026, right? The fun never stops!


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