Big E recently said that AEW has forced WWE to step up their performance. He believes the mere existence of the company should make WWE wrestlers want to do their best to put on a better show. Fans having more choice is never a bad thing.
Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T recently reacted to those comments. The five-time world champion tends to agree. On his latest Hall of Fame podcast, Booker also recalled working in a time where there wasn’t any competition in wrestling at all.
“You can’t go in the ring and have the same character in the ring when you’re working with one of these top guys. Now all that has to go out the window. After the 1-2-3, you can go back to doing your dance or whatever. When the bell rings, all that stuff ends. Guys are going out there and really trying to play their in-ring the way it really needs to be played out and I think that’s what AEW forces WWE to do…
…I can say that because I was there when WCW took over also. I remember when we were on top, guys, they didn’t start working harder, they put it on the cruise control man. It was party time, they didn’t even care about wrestling anymore. I’ve been on both sides and I’ve seen how it is”
Booker makes an excellent point about wrestlers putting it in cruise control. Even when WCW was faced with competition from WWE, they figured they’d stay on top forever. Now, WWE owns the company, which is nothing more than a video library and the memories.
Despite some fans who take things too seriously, it’s good to have competition. It gives fans something to talk about. It makes glaring weaknesses in one company stand out. Big E and Booker T both see that.
Do you agree with Booker T and Big E about the importance of competition? Let us know in the comments!
Thanks to WrestlingInc. for the transcription!