Stop Punching At The Competition, AEW!

After AEW Dynamite went off the air this was posted on Twitter;

In the above clip Cody Rhodes comes out and points to a sign that says, “Vince Suck It.” Some folks loved it, others hated it, but I’m here to tell AEW they need to stop doing it. For one it’s long been an acknowledged trope in wrestling history that you only mention your competition if you are #2, if you’re #1 you act as if your competition doesn’t exist. There’s good reason for this and I am going to try and explain it as quickly as possible.

Acknowledging the competition shows that you are still actively trying to outdo them but at the same time it puts your promotion in a place of weakness. AEW is, by taking these shots, readily admitting that they are the lesser promotion, and what’s more it just comes off as petty. Biting the hand that fed the majority of your for so long is not a good look in anyone’s eyes and while it may pop the smarks it does little for the casual or new fan of your product.

This is also why I feel it is ridiculous for AEW to use old WCW trademarks, such as the upcoming “Bash at the Beach.” You’re egging on the WWE and using the trademarks of a failed company in order to promote your current one? How did that make sense to anyone?

Anyway, I hope that AEW can learn and move past these things soon. Trying to be the modern WCW is almost certainly bound to repeat the mistakes of the former WCW. I want this company to succeed, but it won’t do so by trying to be a company that died many years ago.

Scorpio Sky: A License To Print Money

Scorpio Sky is a rising star in the AEW

Short one this morning. Just wanted to take a minute and give props to Scorpio Sky who has been on quite a rise over the last couple of months. Going from independent hot shot, shot to AEW World Tag Team Champion with Kazarian, to championship contender against Chris Jericho in just two short months is nothing to balk at.

Last night Scorpio Sky showed exactly why his future is so bright. We got a promo from the man that set him apart from others in his same position. Not only can Sky move flawlessly throughout the squared circle but he can talk the talk as good as anyone, in fact this might just be the tip of the iceberg. He had the crowd really behind him last night and folks are clamoring to see next weeks match.

This is no one hit wonder, with folks like Sky, Cody Rhodes, and MJF on the roster, the art of the promo is live and well in AEW.

Wednesday Night War: Now This Means Business

WWE NXT has been putting on decent shows but they haven’t been the type of shows that you would consider as fighting for a ratings win. Well that all changes tomorrow night. It’s looking like NXT is finally out for blood and looking for a win in the ratings. Will it pay off? Let’s look at the card.

Ladder Match: Adam Cole vs. Dominick Dijakovic

I’m going to come out and state that I don’t really get the point here. It’s a gimmick match leading into a gimmick match, what’s more it’s a better gimmick match than the match it is done in preparation for. So the only point here can be trying for a good bump in the ratings with a gimmick being tossed out here. Both of these competitors are good on their own with no gimmick necessary so it’s sure to be a decent match even though I don’t quite understand the mindset going into it.

Tag Team Match: The Undisputed Era vs. The Revival

This match might be the one that really gets me thinking that this show is for a ratings boost and nothing more. Everyone wants to see these two teams go at it. They are, in my own opinion, the two best teams in the WWE and so it’s a PPV quality match being presented for free on WWE’s C-Brand show. This match is going to be awesome and the fact that they are willing to do it without the big money payoff means one thing, they want a good rating.

Triple Threat: Killian Dane vs. Damien Priest vs. Pete Dunne

Remember when a triple threat match was something special? This isn’t a knock on any of the workers in this match it just seems like another gimmick match in a show that’s already featuring another gimmick match. Triple threat matches are not easy to pull off well, three men in the ring together may seem like a simple equation but in order to put on an awesome match they all have to be prepared to give and take.

Conclusion:

To me this is honestly the first real return shot from the WWE in the Wednesday Night Wars. It’s sure to be an all out show and one that might just be enough to pull the fans in the direction of NXT. While most of these matches are not my cup of tea, I am looking forward to the Undisputed Era Vs The Revival. I feel like that match alone might be enough to push them over the edge this week.

What is Weeknight Slams?

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— Oscar Wilde.

Hello Wrestling fans and welcome to my new blog, Weeknight Slams. The primary goal of this blog will be to give my opinions, stand in defense of some things from the past and the future, as well as highlight some of the great matches of today, as well as those from the past. I’ve been a wrestling fan for 30+ years now and have a lot of thoughts about the product today and a great love of times past.

My current favorite promotion is the NWA, which hosts a weekly show, NWA Powerrr, Tuesdays at 6:05 ET on YouTube. So I plan to cover this promotion pretty extensively. Other promotions that I enjoy from time to time include AEW, Impact, ROH, NJPW, and Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.

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