AEW seems poised to be a shining light for the world of professional wrestling, but they mustn’t go the way of Harvey Dent. All Elite Wrestling, or AEW, make their debut on TNT on Oct. 2. When the company goes live on cable, they have the potential to be the first legitimate competition we’ve seen […]
AEW and TNT confirmed that “All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite” will be the official name of their weekly TV show that premieres on Wednesday, October 2 from 8-10pm ET at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Below is a new “Dynamite” trailer released and the full announcement along with a second promotional poster that AEW Executive Vice… Read More TNT Releases New “All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite” Trailer, Official Announcement And Second Poster
Kenny Omega is one of the Executive Vice Presidents of All Elite Wrestling and in anticipation of thier “Wednesday Night War” with WWE NXT, Kenny felt the need to take some shots at WWE’s NXT brand.
Here’s part of what Kenny said in an interview with Sportskeeda.
“You can call it a war if you want. It’s like, to me, we’re in a completely different kind of business. I mean what they’re doing is different from what we’re doing. It’s weird, because it’s hard to say you’re going to war with people that I call my friends. And yet, we are going to war. And yet, when I sit back and look at the grand picture, I’m going to war with these dudes that, if we were on the same show together, the same promotion…let’s pretend there were no borders. Let’s pretend there were no promotions. Let’s just pretend there’s just one big promotion. If these guys were in the same show as me, they’d be in the dark match. They’d be in the opening match of my main event match.”
Omega continued with more comments when he talked about AEW crowd sizes.
“You wanna call that a war, you wanna call that competition? Go ahead. Maybe it’s fun for you to do. That’s cool. But we’re different planets. And you’re going to see that right away, when you see 10000+ arenas sold out. You’re going to see smiles on fans’ faces. You’re going to see real stars, not developmental talent. But real stars appearing on your television sets, every week.”
You can see it for yourself here.
As you might expect, these comments definitely ruffled some feathers of some NXT wrestlers including Donovan Dijakovic.
Hey @KennyOmegamanX remember when my match with @RealKeithLee embarrassed yours on your PWG homecoming weekend of BOLA 2017? Tune in this Wednesday to NXT TV on USA at 8pm so two developmental guys can show a real star how it’s done, again. https://t.co/EhNNG5mCL4
— Dominik Dijakovic (@DijakovicWWE) September 19, 2019
There will likely be more NXT stars stepping up to comment on this as well.
TJR Thoughts: I think Kenny was trying to have fun in a playful manner, but people are going to see the headlines and take it as some cruel shit-talking. AEW Dynamite is two weeks away and there’s already a feeling of a “war” between AEW and NXT right now. It’s a fun time to be a fan, that’s for sure.
The official name of the AEW on TNT television show is Dynamite. The first episode will take place on Wednesday, October 2 from 8-10pmET on TNT in the US. It will take place at the sold-out Capital One Arena in Washington, DC.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) September 19, 2019
As we reported yesterday, there were already expectations that Dynamite was the name of the show because it was in TV listings, so it’s no surprise that they made it official today.
Here’s more about the Dynamite name from AllEliteWrestling.com:
Wednesday nights are going to get explosive as All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and TNT reveal the name and first official poster of their upcoming weekly show: All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite. As previously announced, starting Wednesday, October 2, AEW will begin airing live two-hour weekly matches on TNT at 8 p.m. ET. The highly-anticipated, action-packed matches will take place in different cities across the nation each week on Wednesdays, starting in Washington, D.C., at the famed Capital One Arena. Future matches announced so far will be held in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh PA, Charleston, WV, Charlotte NC, Nashville, TN, Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL.
AEW is giving fans a new wrestling experience for the first time in 20 years. AEW is about more than wrestling. It’s a movement fueled by fans, offering fun, gripping and authentic athletic matches every week. Founded by President and CEO Tony Khan, the league is headlined by Cody & Brandi Rhodes, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Kenny Omega, Hangman Adam Page, Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. The diverse roster of world-class competitors includes Nyla Rose, Awesome Kong, Dustin Rhodes, Jungle Boy, Dr. Britt Baker, MJF and SCU. AEW is poised to bring new innovation, new energy and a new spirit to wrestling.
As you can see on the graphic above, they have already released a promotional poster for Dynamite. Chris Jericho’s graphic is the biggest of them all, which is understandable since he is AEW’s biggest name and the first-ever AEW World Champion.
A promotional video was also released on the TNT Youtube channel:
Cody (Rhodes) tweeted a different looking promotional poster with him and his brother Dustin Rhodes.
Wednesdays on TNT
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) September 19, 2019
Good luck to AEW and Dynamite, which premieres in less than two weeks.
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AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes spoke with IGN about All Elite Wrestling’s upcoming debut on TNT. The show will premiere on Wednesday, October 2 from 8-10 pm ET. During the interview, Rhodes revealed that a third hour of content could be filmed each week that won’t air on TNT, but rather B/R Live. Since the company plans… Read More Cody Rhodes Says There Could Be A Third Hour Of AEW Content On Wednesday Nights
It looks like AEW purchased commercial time during WWE NXT and WWE SmackDown this week. Fans on Twitter noted that they saw commercials for AEW on TNT during Tuesday’s SmackDown and during tonight’s NXT premiere on the USA Network. The commercials aired in various markets, and it looks like DirecTV was the main provider. You can see a few of the AEW ads on WWE TV… Read More AEW Commercials Air During WWE TV This Week (Videos)
Do you ever wake up as a wrestling fan and long for the days of the Monday Night Wars? Alright, stupid question, because I think all wrestling fans do. That isn’t news to anyone. And with AEW on the horizon and NXT getting a well-deserved push you can’t help but wonder and almost salivate at the possibilities. Will AEW be able to compete with WWE on the biggest scales? Will NXT move the needle enough for their talent to get noticed? If you are waiting for me to answer those questions then I hate to disappoint you. I don’t have a crystal ball and I have terrible luck at guessing. I’m an Atlanta Falcons fan so that should tell you exactly where my judgment lies. What I do know is that a lot of people are comparing AEW to WCW and I just see it a different way. Let me break it down for you.
Now, obviously with AEW comes the WCW comparisons. And frankly, it isn’t too far fetched. Just hear me out for a second, though. What if in some kind of twisted dimension that NXT would be more like WCW in this scenario and AEW is just like ECW.
I know, I know. I am so full of it that you need fishing waiters. Cody Rhodes is the face of AEW and we have been back and forth over his lineage for as long as he has gotten into the business. So the natural inclination would be to compare AEW to WCW. But for some reason, I can’t wrap my mind around that. AEW, in the few shows that they have had, almost have a cult-like following with more sports-based wrestling and more high-risk angles. That sounds pretty ECW to me. I understand it’s WAY too early to tell and AEW hasn’t really shown us what they are all about yet, so take this with a grain of salt. From what I have been seeing through this is precisely where they are heading. Hopefully for wrestling fans though, with a better outcome.
AEW has a lot going for them from being on TNT, to just being an alternative product. A lot of people loved that ECW was an alternative product as well. We know AEW is going to have WAY more production value than ECW could ever dream of. AEW is run by a billionaire (the Khan family) and ECW was run by a dude who wanted to be a billionaire. That comes with its perks up to and including your boss not asking you to go through flaming tables and damn near killing yourself and then bouncing your checks afterward. I mean Joey Janela might, but I digress. Maybe I am seeing this all wrong. Maybe Tony Kahn will pump so much money into this that it one day overtakes the WWE and becomes the number one wrestling show in America. I can’t see it, though.
Full disclosure, I love AEW. I have seen every show they have done and have dealt with the good and the bad of it. I just think AEW needs to understand their spot in the pecking order. I am sure they do, well hopefully anyway. They seem so committed to giving WWE free advertisement. Here’s to hoping, though.
Which brings us to NXT.
NXT feels more like the competition to the big shows, RAW and Smackdown, rather than being part of the same WWE team. From the way it’s shot to the overall wrestling, it just feels different. And maybe the WWE wants to keep it that way. Guys like Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole don’t feel like RAW and Smackdown guys. They feel like NXT guys, which used to have a negative connotation to it, but doesn’t so much anymore in part thanks to them.
They can build a brand that feels separate from WWE, but also presents something that is familiar to the non-hardcore wrestling fan. That sounds an awful lot like WCW to me. Now, I understand that NXT is under the umbrella and with it moving to USA this week things could change, but it feels like they are creating competition for themselves which isn’t a bad thing at all. I just hope NXT doesn’t lose its vibe, presentation, or that guy with the green smiley face shirt that’s seemingly at EVERY. SINGLE. SHOW. He’s at the big shows too he’s just more noticeable when there are no lights on the crowd at all. It probably will, and the matches will suffer and the brand as a whole will suffer. Damn, I guess I’m kind of being a pessimist. I think I am entitled to be one because of some of the stuff I have sat through over the years of being a fan. They do have the War Games, however, which don’t get me started on how the WWE dropped the ball with that concept. NXT to the naked eye has so much going for it separate of the main roster that I think it can stand on its own as a separate brand.
All I know is that wrestling has me excited again, which is saying a lot since I have been a fan for 25 years. We can only sit back and watch as they inevitably screw this up like it always seems like wrestling does…but it sure feels good to have so many options right now.
I guess I am going to formally introduce myself after this column that I have poured over again and again wondering if the content was good. Spoiler alert, it’s average. With that being said, I am Lance Augustine and you should always temper your expectations with me. I am definitely a middle of the road achiever with the highest of aspirations. I went to broadcasting school and finished first in my class, which I guess is a plus. I am a natural pessimist and I like to refer to myself as a real-life heel. The first PPV I ever witnessed was Summerslam 1996 and when I marked out over a Shawn Michaels title defense, my dad told me to shut up. My wrestling fandom promptly started there.
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