WWE has a certain formula which a lot of fans can call out as soon as they start to tell a story on camera. This is something that AEW has been able to avoid.
While speaking to 101.1 WKQX, Moxley described the eclectic AEW locker room. Orange Cassidy receives insane ovations and his character is different from anything you’ve ever seen in WWE or pro wrestling in general. It is aspects of their programming like that which helps All Elite Wrestling avoid some of the standard traps in pro wrestling angles.
“It’s unpredictable, it’s… Dynamite is a very — apropos name because it’s like a powder keg of anything could happen where as in WWE or other promotions maybe, like not trying to throw any shade or anything, but it can be very predictable because they have a formula.”
“Show opens, guy comes out with a mic, talks. Other guys’ music hits, comes out with a mic, talks. We’ve made the main event for tonight or whatever. There’s just these patterns and formulas that you see, and subconsciously you know as a fan what’s happening and you can predict stuff. We don’t have any formulas or patterns yet. One week we open the show with Nick Jackson and Fenix, and you see this ridiculous match. One week we open with a promo, one week we open with who knows? Maybe we’ll open with the World Title match tomorrow night. Maybe Chris Jericho says I’m the champion and I’m going on first. That could happen. I’m not saying that’s happening, it could. You know, I think it’s a great idea. I’m going to text somebody right now. Let’s just open the show, man. World Title. We could do anything.”
So far All Elite Wrestling has been able to provide fans with a genuine alternative to WWE. This has helped the pro wrestling landscape expand in many ways.
As the young company continues they will surely make decisions that aren’t for everyone, but they are doing their own thing which can sometimes seem very different if fans are so used to one particular type of pro wrestling show from WWE.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote