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Matt’s Weekly Brainbuster: Matt’s Power Rankings 11/8/19

Welcome to the sixth weekly Matt’s Brainbuster Power Rankings! Who topped the list and how do things stand overall?

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Welcome to the sixth weekly Matt’s Brainbuster Power Rankings! Who topped the list and how do things stand overall?

This week, we are discussing the week of 10/31-11/7! We will be comparing WWE (RAW and SDL), NXT (NXTUS, 205 Live, and NXT UK), AEW (Dynamite and DARK), and NJPW! Who had the biggest week?

These rankings are very much based on momentum as well as strength of opponent, weighing out “power rankings” based on head to head results. Each week, I will discuss five difference makers in wrestling and, using science, prove why they had the best week in wrestling! Greg DeMarco and I will compare our lists, giving you all two different types of power rankings!

1) The O.C. (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) +51 [-96 Overall Tag Score]
The O.C. wins the “Tag Team World Cup” Gauntlet, WWE Crown Jewel 

This will likely be the single biggest win in any one particular week. I count every win and loss inside a gauntlet for each participant, and by significant underdogs after poor win/loss records this year, winning the two final falls over The New Day and The Viking Warriors gave this team 51 total points! By beating the reigning WWE RAW Tag Team Champions in the last match, I can see them receiving a tag title opportunity, perhaps on RAW before or after Survivor Series. Don’t forget, just like the Viking Warriors, The O.C. are former IWGP and RAW Tag Team Champions, and unlike The Viking Warriors, former World Tag League winners in 2013, and are now the Best Tag Team in the Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorld!

2) Shawn Spears +32 [2 Overall Score]
Shawn Spears d. Brandon Cutler, AEW Dynamite
Shawn Spears d. Mike Nakazawa, AEW DARK

This entry was interesting to me. Only Joey Janela and Shawn Spears have participated in DARK and Dynamite in the same calendar week in the company, and Janela won and lost. Spears won both his matches had a week of perfect1on! Spears was able to gain so many points because he was technically an underdog against veteran Nakazawa who was making his singles debut, with Spears at 0-2. A victory over Brandon Cutler was expected but it allowed Spears to equal his wins to his losses, putting him in immediate contention again. These were big wins for a future top star in this company and in the world.

3) WWE Universal Champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt +27 [48 Overall Score] 
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt d. WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins, WWE Crown Jewel

Ideally, The Fiend’s win was bigger than the other two on this list, but I needed to acknowledge two entries who won multiple matches in the same week above his own. This was only The Fiend’s second official match and second official win, he’s averaging 24 points per win. That will surely begin to regress, but “The Fiend” won his second world championship in a dominating Falls Count Anywhere match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia! You could say, he’s on fire… But don’t say that around Seth Rollins- he may take it seriously. Hopefully this is the end of this rivalry. It was awful. Where does “The Fiend” go from here? We should have found out on Friday but he was unable to make it to Smackdown. I’m predicting a match with Roman Reigns at Survivor Series.

4) Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) +41 [89 Overall Tag Score]
Roppongi 3K d. DOUKI & El Desperado, Road to Power Struggle 10/31
Roppongi 3K d. El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori, Road to Power Struggle 11/1
Roppongi 3K d. El Desperado & Yoshinabu Kanemaru, NJPW Power Struggle

This is probably my most favorite week of results so far, just so much to discuss for the first time in almost a month! This is the third time SHO & YOH have won the Super Jr Tag League since debuting in the company in 2017, and in fact have won it every year since debuting as a team. With this win, they’ve positioned themselves for an IWGP Jr Tag Team Championship against El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori at WrestleKingdom 14 on January 4th in the Toyko Dome!

5) NXT Champion Adam Cole +6 [104 Overall Score]
NXT Champion Adam Cole d. Daniel Bryan, WWE Smackdown
Seth Rollins d. NXT Champion Adam Cole by DQ, WWE RAW

Look at this list of talent this week, it’s hard to argue anyone had a more impressive week than the NXT Champion Adam Cole, but you’d have plenty to argue about! After making his official main roster debut (with Royal Rumbles not counting as canon wins or losses), Cole wrestled two great matches in four days, appearing on both RAW and Smackdown, giving indy wrestling fans absolute mental gymnastics over these dream matches. Now, he did split the difference, but he retained his title in both matches and wrestled over 30 minutes in four days, before also appearing on NXT Wednesday night during the main event of that shows melee. Give that man a raise!

Runners Up:

6) Jordan Devlin +17 [90 Overall Score]
7) NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler +6 [268 Overall Score]

That about wraps it up for this week! So much to discuss, this was by far my favorite week of wrestling in quite some time. That episode of NXT last night was arguably the best post to post episode of NXT television ever aired, let alone on USA. So much to discuss this week, Super Jr Tag League, Power Struggle, Crown Jewel, NXT Invasion of RAW and Smackdown, Shayne Baszler approaching Asuka’s WWE +275 record, Finn Balor potentially uniting The Balor Club, Jordan Devlin quietly positioning himself for a shot at the NXT UK Championship, just a loaded exciting week! Still to come, the addition of MLW, and Stardom, and more!

WWE Men:

Seth Rollins 189 (-17)
Roman Reigns 177 (-)
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar 139 (+10)
Buddy Murphy 134 (+11)
Braun Strowman 129 (-11)
Aleister Black 110 (-)
Ricochet 94 (-)
Baron Corbin 64 (-)
IC Champion Shinsuke Nakamura 53 (-)
+US Champion AJ Styles 49 (+15)

OUT: Kofi Kingston (relegated to tag division) 

WWE Women:

RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch 189 (-)
Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley 170 (+10)
Charlotte 77 (-)
Natalya 19 (+16)
Nikki Cross 3 (-10)
Sasha Banks -18 (-)
Lacey Evans -18 (-16)
Mandy Rose -36 (-)
Sonya Deville -72 (-)
Carmella -85 (-)

WWE Tag Team:

RAW Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders 142 (-20)
Ziggler & Roode 41 (+27)
SDL Tag Team Champions The Revival 33 (-17)
Heavy Machinery 23 (+0)
The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) 21 (+20)
The Street Profits 10 (-)
The O.C. -93 (+51)

NXT Men:

NXT UK Champion WALTER 172 (-)
Tommaso Ciampa 149 (+7)
Pete Dunne 143 (+14)
Velveteen Dream 122 (-)
NXT Champion Adam Cole 104 (+6)
Matt Riddle 102 (-)
Joe Coffey 94 (-)
Jordan Devlin 90 (+17)
Damian Priest 85 (-)
Tyler Bate 84 (-)

OUT: Travis Banks (Not used)

NXT Women:

NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler 268 (+6)
Toni Storm 129 (-)
Rhea Ripley 105 (-)
NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray 102 (-)
Jinny 70 (-)
Mia Yim 69 (-)
Piper Niven 64 (-)
Io Shirai 54 (-)
Bianca BelAir 23 (-)
Tegan Nox 12 (-)

NXT Tag Team

Imperium 47 (-)
NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era 41 (-)
NXT UK Tag Team Champions Gallus 37 (-)
The Forgotten Sons 32 (-)
Young Grizzled Veterans 28 (-)
Lorcan & Burch 0 (-)

AEW Men:

AEW Champion Chris Jericho 48 (-)
PAC 47 (+14)
Cody 45 (-)
Jon Moxley 31 (-)
MJF 16 (-)
Kenny Omega 14 (-)
Adam Page 13 (-)
Shawn Spears 2 (+32)
Darby Allin 0 (-)
Joey Janela -47 (-)

AEW Women:

AEW Women’s Champion Riho 60 (-)
Britt Baker 17 (-)
Jamie Hayter -16 (-)
Nyla Rose -30 (-)
Leva Bates -33 (-)

AEW Tag Team:

The Lucha Bros 47 (-)
SCU (Kazarian/Sky) 34 (-)
Private Party 18 (+17)
Ortiz & Santana 16 (-)
The Young Bucks 14 (-)
The Dark Order -1 (-17)

NJPW Men: 

IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada 314 (-)
Kota Ibushi 207 (-)
IWGP Champion Jay White 198 (+11)
Tetsuya Naito 153 (+10)
IWGP Jr Champion Will Ospreay 149 (+10)
Hiroshi Tanahashi 141 (-)
British Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr 116 (-)
IWGP Jr Tag Champion El Phantasmo 93 (-)
Hirooki Goto 70 (-11)
IWGP Jr Tag Team Champion Taiji Ishimori 64 (-)

NJPW Tag Team: 

IWGP Tag Team Champions Guerrillas of Destiny 301 (-)
EVIL & SANADA 240 (-)
El Desperado & Yoshinabu Desperado 193 (-3)
IWGP Jr Tag Team Champions ELP/Ishimori 116 (+12)
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii 93 (-)
Roppongi 3K 89 (+41)


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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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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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