Late reply, but here we go with YouTube references 😆
I don’t think anyone will argue that WWE has a good product. They really have been terrible for a long time now. And that being the case just makes it easier for AEW and sets the bar really low for them to compete.
AEW doesn't need 6 mil to be successful yes, but the point is that the product is niche and supported too much by "marks" who follow every little detail about the business. One thing that stood out to me from All Out was how the crowd actually knew who Suzuki was. I follow this stuff and *I* barely knew, so the general audience does not. They don't need those people to be a success, but to be more successful, they do. And I don't think their recent style will lend itself to that growth.
I'm not sure how much pre-Punk AEW you've seen over the last year or so, but most of it has been pretty bad. I can suspense my disbelief, it wrestling after all, but can a man get a little logic? When a guy can bring a baseball bat to a ring , or a manger egregiously interfere, but when a pinned guy puts his leg on the ropes causes a second ref to literally come from backstage to re-start the match makes no sense to me in this world they are trying to build.
Riho can suplex Nyla Rose off the top turnbuckle? Come on. The crowd loved it, but it's not for me. I've heard Omega was booking the women's division but not sure. The Young Bucks matches are generally moves for the sake of moves with little selling. It’s a style, and I get it, but once again there are no rules in these matches. The Young Bucks actually hired their favorite ref from the Indies, and you can tell why because he never does anything or shows any intent to be an actual referee. It’s fun to watch tricks for awhile but gets old fast.
But around the same timeframe, they had this amazingly great match with Cody v Dustin so you know they are capable of doing it.
Miro was a *great* example of them fucking up something and later doing it right. They debuted him wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt and as the best man in Kip's wedding and had him trapped in a stupid storyline for a bit, but now they've fixed him. He's always been one of my favorites.
And now with Punk and Danielson things are changing. You can already see it. It's like Punk arriving as started a new era. Add in Cody, Malakai Black, Miro, Adam Cole, and we are getting somewhere.
I'm excited to see where they are going now, and tonight's show looks to be good as well!