AEW has certainly come a long way since its inception back in 2019 and has grown in various ways since then. That said, not everything about AEW has received praise from fans and critics alike. Now it appears AEW has been criticized for assuming their audience knows everything.
While speaking on Busted Open Radio, WWE Hall Of Famer Bully Ray delved into the booking strategies of AEW President Tony Khan and how they tend to cater to the hardcore fanbase.
Bully Ray expressed concern over the lack of in-depth explanations for certain storylines, as Khan believes that the fans already possess comprehensive knowledge about the product. According to Ray, this mindset could potentially hinder the growth of casual fans, who may feel left out or confused.
Bully pointed out that recapping events from previous weeks is something that WWE does better than any other promotion, and it’s something AEW should work to improve at.
“You have to remind the fanbase, and spoon-feed them. One of the things that I think AEW takes for granted is that their audience knows everything at every time. Great. Assume your audience doesn’t know, so just in case there are people that don’t know, or — even better — just in case you have new viewers, you can bring them up to speed.
This is where AEW has another issue. They only cater to their fanbase. That fanbase ain’t going nowhere. That fanbase is loyal. They will stick by Tony, AEW, and the boys and girls until that company goes on for another hundred years or ends tomorrow. But, in catering to them, assume … somebody tuned in tonight who’s never seen your show. That’s why I need this very broad-stroke explanation from Eddie.”
We will have to wait and see whether Tony Khan will pay heed to Bully Ray’s criticism and actually build a product that is also catered towards the casual audience – which makes up a lot of pro wrestling fans.
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