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THE CHANGE IN AEW, SHOULD WWE WRESTLERS UNIONIZE, THUNDERDOME AND MORE

By Dave Scherer on 2020-09-22 10:00:00

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Tony Khan promoted AEW as a very sports-based promotion. After watching All Out (Mimosa Mayhem, Tooth and Nail, Broken Rules, etc.) the card felt anything like a sport. Often Dynamite goes heavy with pro rasslin' gimmick matches. The online stuff feels like regular ol' rasslin' too. What am I missing? 

You are missing the early shows, where they did all of that.  Frankly, I am glad that they stopped.  I don’t aways love the gore they do (OK, I mostly don’t) but pro wrestling is not real sport and I don’t think it should be presented as such.  It’s a hybrid entertainment form and I am glad that AEW has embraced that and changed how they present their product.

With all the numerous layoffs/releases in WWE and positive Covid-19 cases by anyone associated with them fo you think this would be an opportune time for the WWE locker room to start a union?  If they did what do you think would happen to WWE if they did? 

I definitely think the wrestlers would be better off if they collectively bargained with management.  All you need to do is look at pro sports to see the benefit that comes with unionizing.  I think it is pretty much always a good time to do it, but I don’t ever see it happening. The talent has had so many chances to take the step and never have.  If they did, they sure would have a lot more going for them than they do now. 

Wrestlers traveled from territory to territory to hone their craft.  There were plenty of likable characters that gained quite a following in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  Wrestling companies hired them based on the marketability of their talents/personas as well as their following.  It seems like the WWE Performance Center, among others,  produce cookie-cutter wrestlers rather than allowing performers to shine using their own unique talent and personalities.  I feel as a result, the audience is not as invested in wrestlers as they did in previous years.  The wrestlers we get are similar to "finished products" rather that "road-tested".  While the audience's lack of investment could be attributed to bad writing/creative decisions, would you agree that wrestlers are now manufactured, not made?

I get what you are saying but it’s not about the wrestlers to me.  There are plenty of people with big personalities who could be so much more entertaining if they were given the chance to show the world.  To me the issue is in the creative process and the way they script talents.  That is where the sameness comes in.

Which do you personally think comes across better on TV? AEW in the outdoor amphitheater or the WWE Thunderdome?

I like Thunderdome better myself.  I like Daily’s Place too, but Thunderdome is a cool set up in my opinion.

What happened between Asuka and Mickie James match at this week Raw.. I mean the match was really really sloppy.. but I am more confused because we all have witnessed the great match between both of them in NXT and that was really an outstanding match but at this week's Raw Idk.. your thoughts.

Sometimes things just don’t click, it happens.  I think that is what happened in their match.

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