AEW Dynamite made its debut in October 2019 and since then has worked hard to provide an alternate product to what fans see in WWE. For the most part, they have succeeded, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. It seems Tony Khan took yet another shot at WWE.
For many, AEW was seen as a breath of fresh air and also that old school nostalgia as the company tried to balance both the modern and old school aspects of pro wrestling. While AEW still has a long way to go as far as being a solid product is concerned, it certainly shows promise so far.
AEW Dynamite took place at the new UBS Arena in Long Island, New York this week. This comes just one week after Monday Night RAW took place at the same venue.
While speaking to News 12, AEW President Tony Khan took a massive shot at WWE after competing shows at the UBS Arena, making it clear that he is confident AEW Dynamite will outdraw Monday Night RAW.
“I just came to run a show in Long Island and like – it’s like, hey, you know, they’re jumping to the front of the line. Run a show ahead of me. Try to beat me to market. Well, how did it work out?
You tried to compete, [running SmackDown in a] 30-minute window head-to-head on [FS1] against TNT and I didn’t make that choice for them to extend the broadcast by 30 minutes,” Khan recalled. “Like, I was very surprised to see it. My comments were genuine when I saw it. I’ve been like expecting something like that and luckily we had CM Punk and Ruby Soho and some great stars lined up to wrestle that week or I might’ve had to change the card. And granted, Matt Sydal, CM Punk’s opponent, for example – not the biggest star in wrestling. The Bunny is a great wrestler and competed in the TBS Championship Tournament. People really mocked them. People said terrible things about Matt Sydal and The Bunny and about CM Punk and Ruby Soho.
“And we stood up for ourselves and had a great show. And we won the rating by a good amount – the demo – and uh, then I saw ratings getting leaked over the weekend. It wasn’t from us. I wasn’t the one leaking them. And then when the important numbers the network actually looks [at] came out on Monday, we were victorious. And somebody tried to get out in front of us for days by leaking stuff. That wasn’t me [or] AEW.”
Eric Bischoff also recently stated that fans connect to AEW, unlike WWE. We will have to wait and see if AEW Dynamite at the UBS Arena manages to outdraw Monday Night RAW at the same venue or not.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.
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