AEW opened their doors and are making a lot of noise right now. With the signings of Bryan Danielson and CM Punk, the obvious question is what WWE’s take on this situation is. Vince McMahon doesn’t view them as anything close to the same competition that WCW provided them.
During the 2nd quarter 2021 earnings call, Vince McMahon was asked a question about AEW and how he views them as a competitor. The question was introduced by remarking about how AEW has made significant investments in their roster and their viewership in the key demographic has seen an increase as well. In typical Vince McMahon fashion, he responded to say:
“It’s certainly not going to a situation [like with WCW] where it’s the rising tide because that was when Ted Turner was coming after us with all of Time Warner’s assets as well. That was a different situation. AEW is where they are. I don’t know what their plans are, I only know what our plans are. I don’t consider them a competition like I would WCW back in the day, nowhere near close to that.”
Vince McMahon’s end of the call broke up a bit after that and then WWE President Nick Khan took the question. He stated that they are looking at AEW “sorta like a horserace where the horse has blinders on.” WWE is concerned about their own success and running their race. He said that everything is WWE’s competition, even sleep. That being said, Vince McMahon certainly seems to have spoken his piece about thiings.
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Transcription by Ringside News