Preliminary reports indicate AEW’s All Out pay per view last Sunday was easily its most successful one yet and the company continued its incredible run this past Wednesday with a Dynamite episode that actually beat Raw in the all- important 18-49 year-old demographic. Although the overall Raw numbers weren’t bad, the former flagship show (before the Fox deal for Smackdown made it priority number one) of WWE will face some stiff competition starting this Monday from the return of the NFL’s Monday Night Football and even our friend, the Hardcore Legend and WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley took to social media to state the obvious. WWE has a problem.
No, the Stamford conglomerate is clearly not in any danger of going out of business. As hot as they are, AEW revenue is hardly even close to approaching the take of the “recognized leader in sports entertainment”. SummerSlam had more fans in attendance than All Out and the upcoming Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe Stadium will have combined. However, as Vince McMahon is reportedly fond of saying, “Perception is reality”. Right now, the perception of hardcore wrestling fans is that AEW is the more dynamic brand of wrestling with a growing roster of young talent and former WWE stars who gravitate to AEW for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are an easier travel schedule, more creative freedom for personal character development on promos and the potential for greater upward mobility.