Tony Khan has been quite vocal about the success of AEW recently. Khan also took to Twitter to draw some unfavorable comparisons between himself and Ted Turner. Recently, Khan also had an interview with Business Insider, wherein he discussed AEW’s meteoric growth.
Khan was also joined by LightShed Ventures analyst Brandon Ross and Barclays media analyst David Joyce. Ross noted that the gap between WWE and AEW has been closing fast.
WWE’s “RAW” and “SmackDown” have been significant TV properties for a long time. The fact that AEW is able to sniff that shows that there’s real traction.
Joyce remarked that now that AEW has build a viewer base, “it will help set a floor for them as long as they can keep maintaining that audience base and prove it’s economically viable for attracting advertisers.”
Ross also pointed out that now that AEW is on WWE’s radar, “Vince [McMahon] will make the necessary adjustments that he felt they didn’t have to make when there wasn’t any competition.”
Ross also noted that fans may have grown tired of WWE’s same old storylines, which allowed fresh blood like AEW to swoop in and grab audience attention, and “allowed a place for AEW to thrive in the pro wrestling world.”
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