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Re: Will WWE counterprogram AEW?

I for one am excited for AEW and to those who think it won't compete with WWE. It's on TNT that channel already gets viewers within the millions. People who are tired of WWE are going to check out the show, people who watch TNT are going check out the show. They going get a lot of viewers they are on a major network it's not like they on some obscure network like Imapct is on.
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Re: Will WWE counterprogram AEW?

that's a great question. They can't. I mean, they can....but they CANT. They have Raw Monday and Smackdown friday (which is a huge mistake btw).


but you know what... you know what i can see the wwe doing...

NxT on Tuesday somewhere on television. That would split the "wrasslin' audience". If youre AEW...you don't want this.

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Let’s say AEW’s deal with Turner is legitimate, and in September we get the debut of Tuesday Night Dynamite. Furthermore, with Smackdown now on Fridays at that point AEW has the night to themselves. And let’s say that they pull in 1.6M fans for their first show, and settle in at 1.3M to 1.5M afterwards. It’s a big if, but it’s possibke. WWE has shed a lot of fans.

Meanwhile RAW is going up against football and sees its viewership decline to 1.7 - 1.8M - reasonable numbers based on the current rate of decline. At that point they are barely ahead of the Khan team.

Does WWE try to counterprogram against AEW at that point? Perhaps by proposing a new Tuesday night show, or getting USA to show NXT on Tuesdays? I just can’t imagine WWE allowing AEW to have the night to themselves and grow their brand. How do you think they respond?
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Re: Will WWE counterprogram AEW?

Gotta admit, seeing those guys get the TV deal got me excited for a WWE alternative for the first time since WCW.

But to answer OP: Nah, they won’t do shit. They likely won’t take AEW seriously for a few years at least.


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Re: Will WWE counterprogram AEW?

They probably will at some point, but it'll fail miserably if the old man is still the (can't get anyone)overboss.

At this point, my only interest in WWE is seeing how they try to retcon the last 6-7 years after Moxley signs with AEW.
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that's a great question. They can't. I mean, they can....but they CANT. They have Raw Monday and Smackdown friday (which is a huge mistake btw).


but you know what... you know what i can see the wwe doing...

NxT on Tuesday somewhere on television. That would split the "wrasslin' audience". If youre AEW...you don't want this.
I was about to say NXT on Tuesday. That way, if NXT wins, it proves dominance and if it loses, "It's just the minor leagues anyway."
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Re: Will WWE counterprogram AEW?

I thought they were putting something on FS1 on Tuesdays?

I imagine it'll run alongside Tuesday Night Dynamite (If that is indeed AEWs flagship television show and date).
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Re: Will WWE counterprogram AEW?

Yes, I think so. The company is traditionally aggressive towards competition, especially if they have the upper hand. They already did that early on after the big success of the first Wrestlemania, TV stations and arenas got pressured to not cooperate with other promotions.

And while WWE is not in any financial danger, dwindling numbers and several wrestlers trying to quit to (likely) go to AEW is likely nothing they will ignore. They are likely evaluating different options. Counterprogramming with NXT for a similar audience as in this thread mentioned is something that I can imagine is on the table.

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What impact will AEW have on WWE in the short and term term?

Now that AEW has found itself a television network - one that has indeed caused WWE many issues in the past. What kind of changes will the WWE look into making in the short term and the long term? I’m obviously hopeful this is a great motivator for the company that can evidently improve the product, giving us more variety and creativity with what we watch.

There’s already been some short term moves made by the WWE. They’ve reheared a company corporate line for AEW questions, ‘sleep is our competition, we’re fighting for eyeballs with Mortal Kombat, Pokemon, NBA...’, yes but it’s not Ash Ketchem that’s motivating them to offer fringe talent 5 year contracts well above their market value.

Which brings me to their second strategical gameplan, lock in talent for 5 year deals. They’ve got the FOX contract for the next five years and luckily for them, an abundance of cash. It wouldn’t concern them if any talent at all was wasted in this time, however, to lock them into contracts and prevent them from jumping to AEW is the move they’ve made. They’ve straight out refused to release The Revival, Luke Harper, Sasha Banks and Neville. Their strategy here to suck the industry dry of any quality talent which then makes AEW look second best.

What will their next move be?

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Re: What impact will AEW have on WWE in the short and term term?

It won't have any impact at all. AEW is an indy fed full of nobodies. It'll be about as harmful to WWE as ROH is.
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