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The difference between AEW "stealing" WWE talent and TNA "stealing" WWE talent

I've seen this argument before.. WWE talent went to TNA as a vacation and easy money, not as an alternative, and not even to actually better the company or contribute. It was Ted Turner money on a smaller scale.. Arrive, collect paycheck, leave.

AEW on the other hand.. WWE talent signing with AEW are trying to literally free themselves of the WWE shackles and just be wrestlers again. Find their passion again why they are professional wrestlers. Contributing to the company, entertaining the fans and giving them their moneys worth and god forbid living up to expectations. They haven't have "that itch" scratched in quite a long time.

Jericho: Could have easily collected WWE paychecks the rest of his career working easy matches, arrive, do a overly scripted match, leave, collect paycheck.. Yet.. He left, reinvented himself AGAIN, refurbished his legacy outside the WWE cloud and is now leading the way for AEW

Moxley: Again.. He walked away from a being set for life doing paint by numbers matches and never being anything other than high level enhancement talent. Walked away.. Re-invented his former self and is with AEW. Moxley didn't come off as "WHAT"S HE DOING HERE".. He came off as AEW talent. Not former WWE talent..Just-THAT-quickly with ONE appearance...

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Bret Hart who not only a short time ago was in a WWE ring as a cheap prop for ratings. Shows up at AEW

DDP again.. WWE cheap prop material making an appearance.

Dustin: Seemed to find his 1990's self all for another promotion and to contribute to hopeful second boom period of professional wrestling.

This isn't TNA trying to buy WWE fans. This is AEW talent passionately wanting those lost fans who have been tuning out year after year after year to give them a shot, not because they may have some WWE talent on roster.. But because they are not only listening to the lost fans, they are producing results..


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Re: The difference between AEW "stealing" WWE talent and TNA "stealing" WWE talent

I agree. AEW looks very promising and Double or Nothing was a breath of fresh air for professional wrestling fans. I'm not one of those who says WWE is terrible at everything. In fact, I think the WWE does do some great things but not on a consistent basis. The motivation to put out a seriously engaging product has clearly been missing in WWE. If Double or Nothing was a sign of things to come with AEW, then wrestling fans have something to look forward to.

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Re: The difference between AEW "stealing" WWE talent and TNA "stealing" WWE talent

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I've seen this argument before.. WWE talent went to TNA as a vacation and easy money, not as an alternative, and not even to actually better the company or contribute. It was Ted Turner money on a smaller scale.. Arrive, collect paycheck, leave.

AEW on the other hand.. WWE talent signing with AEW are trying to literally free themselves of the WWE shackles and just be wrestlers again. Find their passion again why they are professional wrestlers. Contributing to the company, entertaining the fans and giving them their moneys worth and god forbid living up to expectations. They haven't have "that itch" scratched in quite a long time.

Jericho: Could have easily collected WWE paychecks the rest of his career working easy matches, arrive, do a overly scripted match, leave, collect paycheck.. Yet.. He left, reinvented himself AGAIN, refurbished his legacy outside the WWE cloud and is now leading the way for AEW

Moxley: Again.. He walked away from a being set for life doing paint by numbers matches and never being anything other than high level enhancement talent. Walked away.. Re-invented his former self and is with AEW. Moxley didn't come off as "WHAT"S HE DOING HERE".. He came off as AEW talent. Not former WWE talent..Just-THAT-quickly with ONE appearance...

Cody: Need I say more?

Bret Hart who not only a short time ago was in a WWE ring as a cheap prop for ratings. Shows up at AEW

DDP again.. WWE cheap prop material making an appearance.

Dustin: Seemed to find his 1990's self all for another promotion and to contribute to hopeful second boom period of professional wrestling.

This isn't TNA trying to buy WWE fans. This is AEW talent passionately wanting those lost fans who have been tuning out year after year after year to give them a shot, not because they may have some WWE talent on roster.. But because they are not only listening to the lost fans, they are producing results..
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Re: The difference between AEW "stealing" WWE talent and TNA "stealing" WWE talent

AEW is being smart about who they bring in; they're not grasping at straws like TNA.

Establishing the mindset of being an alternative as opposed to competition has helped. TNA got caught up in trying to compete with WWE and lost sight of why people liked them. They brought in too many ex-WWE guys in an attempt to attract an audience that was never going to show up. As long as AEW doesn't forget that mindset and their hirings reflect that they'll be in good shape.
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That PPV was most likely TNA's last true "hurrah".. They had all the building blocks after that PPV to be where AEW is now and went right back to TNA being TNA..

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AEW is being smart about who they bring in; they're not grasping at straws like TNA.

Establishing the mindset of being an alternative as opposed to competition has helped. TNA got caught up in trying to compete with WWE and lost sight of why people liked them. They brought in too many ex-WWE guys in an attempt to attract an audience that was never going to show up. As long as AEW doesn't forget that mindset and their hirings reflect that they'll be in good shape.
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Re: The difference between AEW "stealing" WWE talent and TNA "stealing" WWE talent

IMO I think the biggest difference is that most people want AEW to succeed and most people wanted TNA to fail. Like TNA was always the butt end of jokes y'know
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Re: The difference between AEW "stealing" WWE talent and TNA "stealing" WWE talent

I am not sure why some WWE fans are butthurt or salty about AEW success. Have WWE fans not for decades been screaming for legit compeitition? I mean it is too early to make a gauge if AEW is the next "WCW" or something. But history says when WWE is forced into a corner, they thrive. And I see no reason why they won't again. If we got some equivalent of the Monday Night Wars again, it well be great for Pro Wrestling in General.

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Its comparable to when wcw stole talent and better opportunities came for them and the brand changedm then a few years later exact same thing with wwe. In fact early 90s or late 80s i think the same thing happened to wwe stealing a bunch of takent and the product got good.

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Re: The difference between AEW "stealing" WWE talent and TNA "stealing" WWE talent

I generally agree except in Jericho's case. He can't keep up with younger guys anymore. He sucked last night frankly, and he would've sucked in WWE also (in the ring). He cut a nice promo, sure, but he hasn't done anything really special.

Not bashing him, btw, Jericho is one of my all time favorites. But his case definitely IS about paycheck. He's making more than he did in WWE. And almost everything he did at DoN he could do in WWE. I was actually surprised they didn't put Omega over, but I guess they need a first heel champion for Mox to take the title from later, or maybe Page gets the title, who knows.

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What about WWE stealing TNA talent?
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