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I think I'm out on AEW, guys. It's supposed to be a simulated sport. It's a fight. Why would a millionaire offer money to a child-sized guy to fight? It's fucked up psychology-wise. There may not be another shot for a wrestling promotion to make it primetime, and here they are being sports entertainment. Fuck them. I wanted this so bad.
 

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Signings like this do not impress.

There's a severe lack of big men and more mic workers are needed and they go and sign this dweeb.

If they keep up with signings like this, they'll see WWE level decline in viewership pretty fast.
 

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How long have MLW and impact/tna been around? And how long has AEW been around? Yeah.
Lol, hasn't MLW been around for only, like, two years. They somehow manage to present themselves really seriously.

Which wrestlers should AEW sign that are not currently under contract anywhere else?

AEW missed on Tenille and now Fantasma/Cuerno it seems. But it also looks like they signed Penta and Fenix to deals.

Fact of the matter is AEW is FAR from a sure thing. WWE will be around for the next 50 years in some capacity. WWE is offering big money and long term for even indie guys now just to keep them away from competition. Now you can try and shame indie guys for choosing the evil empire, but they have families and would like to own a house and WWE offers a guaranteed pay day to guys who have more than likely been living near paycheck to paycheck and at the mercy of an injury from starving.

Only non-Elite guys AEW has been able to sign are folks WWE would have no interest in, or those who have bucked working for WWE for various reasons - past bad experiences, want more freedom etc. AEW will never win a bidding war for an indie talent when there is mutual interest between WWE and the talent. Most indie talent grew up with WWE as their endgame to show they made it.

Moxley was an absolute godsend. Take him off the AEW roster now and I think they'd be in real trouble. It's a steep uphill battle and they are far from a sure thing. AAF had a lot of money backing it and lasted 4 weeks and it wasn't even direct NFL competition. AEW is like the XFL taking on the NFL, running September through January but just playing on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Buy talent out of their contracts/work with the promotions that have them. Vince McMahon is not going to let you have his toys, but Impact Wrestling and MLW could probably really use the money and/or exposure, and Sinclair are going to value the dollars over the talent. Buy The Briscoes, Jay Lethal, Tessa Blanchard, PAC, Marty Scurll, PCO, Brody King, Brian Cage, Contra (especially Jacob Fatu -- that guy is a fucking star), Tom Lawlor, The Hart Foundation and Mance Warner (the guy could use the money). Try and get Suzukigun. There are plenty of people that you can tap into without signing comedy acts.
 

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I think I'm out on AEW, guys. It's supposed to be a simulated sport. It's a fight. Why would a millionaire offer money to a child-sized guy to fight? It's fucked up psychology-wise. There may not be another shot for a wrestling promotion to make it primetime, and here they are being sports entertainment. Fuck them. I wanted this so bad.
 

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They could have thought out the box too. There are plenty of people that might have an interest in crossing over into wrestling that haven't done so yet. Wasn't Cris Cyborg super-interested in having a match with Becky Lynch at some point? How about signing her to a contract and training her up with Lance Storm for a bit? Weren't there slight mumblings about Helen Maroulis being sent sniffers at one point? I thought I heard similar things about Erica Wiebe. Send Wiebe to Storm and Maroulis to Dr. Tom, who helped Kurt Angle get it pretty quickly.

Suddenly you've got two Olympians in your women's division, as well as a pretty famous MMA fighter. A bit better than signing a woman who (and no real offense to her, mind you) smiles a lot. That's so WWE. You want your women to stand-out? That's fucking how. Bring in Tessa Blanchard and Gail Kim to have a fucking awesome match on PPV. Bring in Scarlett Bordeaux to be a bitch who calls Nyla Rose out for being trans. Yes, that's shitty. That's what would make her a heel. Bordeaux can line up a bunch of monsters (Awesome Kong, Aja Kong, etc.) for Nyla to knock down en route to getting her hands on that bitch Scarlett. Fuck it, I hate intergender wrestling, but if you wanted to do one intergender match, have Nyla play babyface to Killer Kross, beat Kross, then get her hands on Scarlett.

Why not make offers to older women who can still go? Molly Holly could probably have a damn good few matches left in her. What about Victoria? Ivory? I understand that Jazz is injured, but you could have pretty kick-ass division really quick. That could keep you buzzing along until you get to the point where Wiebe, Cyborg and Maroulis are ready to come in. Hopefully at least one of them turns out to be a fine professional wrestler. But that's just the women.

What about Connor McGregor? His asking price might be high, but you could put MJF vs. Connor McGregor on PPV and make a fucking shit-tonne of money. Have they reached out to The Rock? To Austin? Austin's now got that USA show, so he probably won't do it, but what's to stop Dwayne Johnson from showing up to promote something and putting over Hangman Page only for MJF to chew him out? There's so much they could do.
 

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I kind of feel like he's gonna be some kind of a crash test dummy over there. Good for him though, just not sure if it's good for the company as a whole.
 

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Did cody really post that? ....wow

Fuck this company!!!



Its not a question of that. Its a question of should you hire them off of your preference or hire them based off of what the audience will like.

If Cody cant see that this was a bad move, it says a lot about his potential future talent he may sign. I couldnt see this stunt kid anywhere but the indy circuits. AEW is gonna fail hard if they dont have a serious product im telling you right now. If they have too many guys on the lower card like stunt orgod forbid Orange Cassidy.....Yeah.

Joey J is already too much for me.
When someone like Emma signs with Impact while Cody is playing favorites you have to start questioning where his priorities are at.

The women's division is laughable right now with no one they can build around and instead of signing one of the best female talents in the world they sign Marko Stunt who is a comedy act at best.

Where does it end, man? Will they pass on Scarlett and sign Marty next? It seems like the plan for the women is to not sign anyone who looks better than Brandi so they can keep pushing her.
Knock it off with the concern trolling.

If Cody was found to have connections and favoritism with the like of Kross and Scarlett, you all would have your mouths closed. I'm not a fan of Marko and I'm not for the signing really either but not for the reasons you are making them be. Fact is, despite my own opinions, Marko has a strong fanbase going by his rapid rise from last year. As long as he isn't World champion or beating Moxley and Omega in twenty-minute matches then he has his spot, I guess.

Welcome to professional wrestling, folks. Favoritism is the ugly cousin of nepotism that built the branch. It isn't fair but it isn't new, either.
 

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Knock it off with the concern trolling.

If Cody was found to have connections and favoritism with the like of Kross and Scarlett, you all would have your mouths closed. I'm not a fan of Marko and I'm not for the signing really either but not for the reasons you are making them be. Fact is, despite my own opinions, Marko has a strong fanbase going by his rapid rise from last year. As long as he isn't World champion or beating Moxley and Omega in twenty-minute matches then he has his spot, I guess.

Welcome to professional wrestling, folks. Favoritism is the ugly cousin of nepotism that built the branch. It isn't fair but it isn't new, either.
AEW fans.....some of ya'll are insufferable
 

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seems like the Elite are just signing guys they're good pals with instead of formulating a balanced roster with established guys
 

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Alright now we've signed one friend too many.

Shawn Spears was bad enough, yet I'm willing to give him a shot. This fucking guy Marko Stunt...no. No.

AEW needs to focus on quality talent and getting a more realistic, gritty feel. Marko Stunt flossing at Double or Nothing told me everything I needed to know.

Ugh.
 

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I will say, hopefully he can have that Rockstar Spud/Drake Maverick quality to him.

Maybe as heel, he could be the perfect crash test dummy manager for a heel, like what Spud and EC3 were in TNA for all those years.
There ya go. Nobody knows what his role will be. He wouldn’t have been my first choice of talent to sign, but I’ll wait to see what they’re going to do with him — and everybody else for that matter — before writing off the whole promotion. People need to stop acting like every little move they make is the defining moment for the whole company. They’ve barely gotten off the ground, they have more signings to go, and they probably haven’t even announced everyone they’ve signed up until now. There’s a long, long way to go, kids. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
 

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They could have thought out the box too. There are plenty of people that might have an interest in crossing over into wrestling that haven't done so yet. Wasn't Cris Cyborg super-interested in having a match with Becky Lynch at some point? How about signing her to a contract and training her up with Lance Storm for a bit? Weren't there slight mumblings about Helen Maroulis being sent sniffers at one point? I thought I heard similar things about Erica Wiebe. Send Wiebe to Storm and Maroulis to Dr. Tom, who helped Kurt Angle get it pretty quickly.

Suddenly you've got two Olympians in your women's division, as well as a pretty famous MMA fighter. A bit better than signing a woman who (and no real offense to her, mind you) smiles a lot. That's so WWE. You want your women to stand-out? That's fucking how. Bring in Tessa Blanchard and Gail Kim to have a fucking awesome match on PPV. Bring in Scarlett Bordeaux to be a bitch who calls Nyla Rose out for being trans. Yes, that's shitty. That's what would make her a heel. Bordeaux can line up a bunch of monsters (Awesome Kong, Aja Kong, etc.) for Nyla to knock down en route to getting her hands on that bitch Scarlett. Fuck it, I hate intergender wrestling, but if you wanted to do one intergender match, have Nyla play babyface to Killer Kross, beat Kross, then get her hands on Scarlett.

Why not make offers to older women who can still go? Molly Holly could probably have a damn good few matches left in her. What about Victoria? Ivory? I understand that Jazz is injured, but you could have pretty kick-ass division really quick. That could keep you buzzing along until you get to the point where Wiebe, Cyborg and Maroulis are ready to come in. Hopefully at least one of them turns out to be a fine professional wrestler. But that's just the women.

What about Connor McGregor? His asking price might be high, but you could put MJF vs. Connor McGregor on PPV and make a fucking shit-tonne of money. Have they reached out to The Rock? To Austin? Austin's now got that USA show, so he probably won't do it, but what's to stop Dwayne Johnson from showing up to promote something and putting over Hangman Page only for MJF to chew him out? There's so much they could do.
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Unfortunately, I have to kinda pile on with everyone else. I really like AEW and want them to succeed, but I'm not a fan of this Marko Stunt signing.

I had no idea that Emma had signed with Impact. Awhile ago they did this thing where she was supposed to be the new foundation of ROH with Bandito and a few others. I looked it up and she's been gone from ROH since March. Da fuq?

Really surprised that AEW couldn't snag Emma. So confusing.
 
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