On paper, they might have all the elements to be a true alternative to WWE. You have a big superstar in Jericho to help with bringing some mainstream attention, You have the 2 biggest acts on the indies with cody and the bucks and if the rumors are true, they will get the biggest attraction on the indy scene at the end of the month in kenny omega. They have billionaires that really seem like they want this thing to succeed. So outside of a great TV deal, everything seem to be in place for them to make a go at it.
The thing is that while everything looks good on paper, were not in the early 2000 when WWE had no competition and their really wasn’t a lot of Indy wrestling promotions trying to take WCW or ECW’s place. So it was easier for a upstart promotion to get momemtum because nobody was there to go against them.
In 2019, that’s a different thing, we have already a lot of big super indy with guy that have a ton of money trying to get into that spot, not counting WWE who’s already proving that they are able to create their own indy style promotion with NXT. So it’s harder to get people invested in yet another wrestling show when they so many already on. So that’s going to be a problem right off the bat in that AEW will have the hardcore base of fans right off the bat, but how do you get new fans to give it a chance when you have so many options to choose from.
The other thing and that’s something that got brought on SNME and i agree with agnew on this point. The press conference was a way to try and make a first good impression. the production was horrible first of all, so they look like amateur which isn’t good when you’re shopping for a tv deal. Then it would have made sense to have the Kahns on camera during the press conference. It would have giving them much more mainstream attention then Jericho did mostly on sports news channels because of their connection to the jaguars.
The other thing when you take the time to look at it is, the you’re not getting ALL IN with this promotion, you’re getting ALL ELITE. By that i means that ALL IN you had guys from different company working together to put on the best wrestling show possible, ALL Elite is pretty much who’s not bound by a contract from the other big promotions, So for a while, you might get stuck with the same guys wrestling each other and won’t get the dream matches that you were able to get with ALL In. They’re a lot more restrictions in running a promotion.
Anyway, until everything is announce including the start date, it’s just fun discussing a lot of what if, So i will leave you with this question that was ask on SNME, Is there a place for another promoition in this era of wrestling or will the launch of AEW kill some of the older promotions?