AEW Double Or Nothing rocked the pro wrestling world and obviously WWE is paying attention. They have been monitoring the situation since the beginning, but now they have some real competition.
Sami Zayn said that fans could have asked him about AEW during the Electric Chair segment on RAW this week. Not only does this mean that WWE will need to change all future Electric Chair segments if they plan on having another, but it also means that WWE neglected to hit the censor button so this comment made it on the air.
This was no mistake even if they edited the line from social media and other replays.
Dave Meltzer replied to a thread on the F4WOnline message board to clear up whether Sami Zayn actually had WWE’s permission to say AEW on live television.
“It was scripted. They just lied to their own employees to make it out like Sami went against the script, not realizing anyone with a brain knows about the 15 second delay. Not to mention the people who did know would eventually tell those who don’t.”
“This is Bischoff WCW and they didn’t learn a thing from it. It draws no money and only makes paranoid talent even more paranoid, and makes employees think they’re working for an insane company, neither of which is a positive.”
Meltzer also addressed any conflicting reports out there on the situation.
“We no longer have conflicting reports. Zayn was of the belief he was supposed to say it. Most in the company weren’t aware so the original word was it wasn’t scripted but several sources have called it a miscommunication issue but he didn’t say it on his own.”
WWE has a delay to their live broadcast. This is typical for all sporting events and live shows. Therefore, if they wanted to kill the feed for a moment like there was a wardrobe malfunction they could have.
The fact is that WWE did not kill the feed and everyone watching live saw Sami Zayn say “AEW.” The most concerning part of it is that WWE seems to be working people within their own company about this decision.