Disco Inferno hit the nail on the head when he said that Tony Khan needs to get in touch with the people that stopped watching wrestling. Those people will look at that midget and realize that they made the right call. How can that 23 yo KID be considered a pro-wrestler?
This is 100% correct. It's weird to hear it coming from Disco Inferno, but the guy actually has an appreciation for the fundamental fight psychology of what makes wrestling work. But yeah, I think AEW is going to get a huge shock when people actually give AEW a chance, but then what they get is an inconsistent, idiosyncratic product that does its best to contradict the tone it sets with its heavyweight personalities (of which there are some great examples -- Jericho, MJF, Page, Cody, Dustin and even Shawn Spears).
Originally Posted by LifeInCattleClass
IMO - Marko is like the modern day Hornswoggle
He fill the same type of role
And this is exactly the problem. It sucked when WWE did it. Why is AEW trying to copy WWE? It's fun for people who still follow WWE, because they are hungry for anything
else, but when they realize it is more of the same, it's going to cost AEW. Especially out the gate.
So how do we not know Stunt is going to be a jobber whose job is to help others improve their win-loss records? Are we assuming he’ll actually be a somewhat significant character on the show?
We don't know that he is not going to be a jobber, but you don't go out of your way to "hire" jobbers. This would be like starting a boxing promotion and hiring a fighter that you openly admit is a tin can because they have no developed muscles. Put them in there with a credible fighter and you've got believability problems. But it also pollutes the psychology of your card.
If you want jobbers, go and look at the indies and see who is a little green but in pretty good shape. Give a call to fucking D'Lo Brown or Al Snow. I'm sure Lance Storm has a few students that are smooth as silk and could use a little work. You don't need to advertise them or sign them to full-time deals. They can show up, look the part, get their ass kicked and the story told is that the wrestler you are pushing beat up someone that looks like they could at least win a bar fight.
This sort of make believe wrestling only appeals to a niche that still fucking watches
. I don't know why people don't get this. Wrestling isn't
cool just because you like it and a new billion dollar promotion has come along. You've got reel those lapsed fans in, and you're not going to do so by presenting a product that insults their intelligence because it makes no fucking sense
Marko Stunt only makes sense as a hire to be backstage personnel, provided he has some relevant skill, or perhaps as an announcer if he could talk. A spoilt rich brat manager? Fine. I don't even buy him fighting people his own weight, because I think fighters that size are usually fucking cut and look like they could punch through glass. Marko Stunt doesn't really project that aesthetic in how he looks or
how he carries himself as a performer.