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KUDOS TO ALEISTER BLACK, AEW’S FUTURE, HOW TO ACTUALLY BE A JOURNALIST AND MORE

By Dave Scherer on 2019-03-06 10:04:00

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Over last weekend, a report came out that Harley Race had terminal lung cancer.  It came from something Ric Flair said at a convention.  I noticed that your site didn’t run the story.  Was that a conscious decision?

Yes it was, for a few reasons.  First and foremost, we never run anything that serious when it comes from someone we don’t know who heard it at a convention.  I saw a lot of other sites ran with it and frankly I think that makes them less than credible.  They should have second sourced it first, which they didn’t.  They ran hearsay.  Also, in that case I feel that if there is an announcement of someone being ill, that person should be the one that shares it with the world.  I think that is the decent way to handle the situation.

I was surprised to see what Aleister Black wrote.  Did you have any idea he was battling the things that he has battled?

I did not but I admire his courage in stating what he did.  When I was younger, I had issues myself.  I let negativity take over my life for a while until I was able to get myself out of the funk.  I think talking about it is part of the healing process and I am happy to see him doing just that.  Good for him.

I saw the question about Vince Russo not being given a chance to book.  Why do you think he is on the outside looking in when it comes to the business.  He does have some accomplishments, right?

He does, his role in WWE’s Attitude Era (his real, factual role) is something that he deserves credit for and can’t be taken away from him.  On the other side of the coin, his booking runs in WCW and TNA need to be considered as well.  At the end of the day, his style is to go 100 miles an hour and swerve people all the time.  That can work for a short time but it doesn’t in the long run.  That’s why I think no one is bringing him in.  His style clashes with the way many companies want to tell stories.

Is the guy named Duke who sends questions into your shows actually a real person?  I am guessing that he is, but it just seems hard to believe someone thinks the way he does.

He’s for real.  He has quite a different view of the business from me, that’s for sure!

So AEW, what will it take for them to be a success?

The caveat is that as long as their owners want them around, they will be around.  They have the money to back it as long as they want.  With that said, to be a success they need to be profitable.  In 2019, that means getting a good TV deal, one that pays a significant rights fee.  They have some high salaries on board already, so that makes their need for a TV deal imperative.  Merchandise, house shows and PPVs are the old model.  In this day and age, TV rights fees bring in the big bucks.  For them be successful in their current form, with their existing salaries, they need to get a good TV deal.

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