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Why AEW Double or Nothing is better than all the WWE PPV’s

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If you are a true wrestling fan like me, you would have been waiting eagerly for the 25th of May 2019 as AEW Double or Nothing made its debut at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada.

Ever since the announcement of their formation on January the 1st 2019, wrestling fans from all over the world have been enthusiastically waiting for the All Elite Wrestling with such high hopes and expectations.

Cody Rhodes vs Dustin Rhodes (Goldust) AEW Double or Nothing
Cody Rhodes vs Dustin Rhodes (Goldust) AEW Double or Nothing

With the backing of Tony Khan, an American businessman from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and the co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) and the Premier League side Fulham F.C, AEW have not only risen above all the expectations, they have managed to take the whole world by storm with their first Pay Per View show: AEW – Double or Nothing!

While, WWE is still the sole king of the Wrestling business, thanks to their supreme reign in the market and the absence of any other competitors who are recognized at the universal level. (Promotions like New Japan Pro-Wrestling, while extremely good, still don’t have the kind of eye-balls that WWE generate).

But with the high-flying, fast paced, fun and bloody entry of the AEW, the winds of change have started to blow slowly but surely and WWE are destined to be caught in the middle of the storm sooner rather than later.

If you are one of those few who are sick and tired of all the boring, monotonous cr*p shoved down our throat by Vince McMohan’s company, AEW promises to be our savior and the answer to everything we have been craving for the past decade or so.

While there are probably hundreds of them, let’s take a look at few of the reasons why AEW Double or Nothing was thousand times better than any PPV WWE have given us in the last 10 years:

CREATIVE FREEDOM

Let me put it this way; Dean Ambrose’s last reign in WWE (after his return from arm injury) was massively underwhelming, probably even boring. Why? Is it because he’s a boring performer? Is it because he’s poor on the mic? Is it because he hasn’t got a promo? NO!

In fact, Dean Ambrose aka Jon Moxley is one of the most interesting and entertaining performer in the wrestling world right now and his entrance at AEW Double or Nothing just proved that.

Take a look at this promo below:

If you are a true wrestling fan, you would be aware of Jon Moxley’s work. If you aren’t, well you gotta be:

Jon Moxley was one of the most intense, passionate and entertaining character in the wrestling scene before his move to the WWE.

Granted, his run as a member of the Shield was memorable, but after the break-up, Vince McMahon decided to, as the great CM Punk would put it, ‘make Roman look strong’ above anything else.

While Ambrose was still the man with the most heat during 2014-15, he was discarded and pushed to the mid-cards in favour of someone with no promo, horrible mic work and a below average wrestling skills.

The fact that Ambrose was never allowed to channel his inner Moxley, instead, Vince went with horrible story lines, poor promo writing and the ‘lunatic fringe’ concept is just sad and tragic.

Fast forward to Saturday and Jon Moxley got the world talking inside a minute with a killer promo. Why? Because he was allowed the freedom to do the stuff that connects and works with the audience, instead of reciting the lines from washed up, hired Hollywood writers.

I could go on with these examples. Cody Rhodes, the man who was forced to wear gold paints, is now suddenly good enough to run a wrestling promotion?

Goldust, who was used as a comic relief just for Vince’s amusement is sweating blood and wrestling 5 star matches with his brother at this age.

The idea of Wrestlers running the creative side of the business might have it’s risk, but one big advantage you have with it is that wrestlers can connect with the fans’ emotions.

When the wrestlers have the control of the creative, they would know what the crowd wants and desires and they can give it to them.

The likes of The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes and Kenny Omega are few of the very best in the business and you can trust them to do justice to the creative side of the things instead of shoving down a Baron Corbin to our throat or burying the talented wrestlers who give their 100% every damn week just for 5 minutes of Brock Lesnar.

That’s why the idea of HHH taking over the creative side is the only thing that could save WWE. Just take a look at what goes on at NXT!

AEW ROSTER

AEW don’t have the kind of depth in their roster as McMahon’s enjoy but boy do they have the talent!

If you look at just a few of them matches at Double or Nothing:

SCU vs Strong Hearts
Hikaru Shida, Riho Abe, and Ryo Mizunami vs Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, and Emi Sakura
Cody vs Dustin Rhodes
The Young Bucks vs The Lucha Brothers
Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega (the arrival of Jon Moxley)

All of these were above *** matches, maybe close to 4 and 4.5 stars. AEW might not have the quantity, but they have the quality to deliver.

And while a lot of these guys aren’t signed full time yet, they’ve got Kenny Omega, Cody and The Young Bucks while Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley are there on a multi-year deal. In addition to that, they’ve also got the likes of MJF and Adam “Hangman” Page and a few others who are stars in their own right!

Putting on a show like Double or Nothing only guarantees that there will be more superstars signings in the coming months.

At least, Cody Rhodes seems pretty confident about that:

Cody Rhodes, in an interview has also confirmed that AEW wont be doing PPV’s every month and in fact, every show won’t necessarily be 4 or 5 hours long:

”So I think we’ll probably look at Double or Nothing and All Out as tentpole events. And there may be another one. We’re not going to do a pay-per-view every month. I realize it was $50 and to ask people to part with their money you gotta make sure it’s worth it. So we’re going to be… not every show is going to be four or five hours either. TV, I’ve kind of indicated with you, is a two hour TV broadcast.”

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If there’s another thing that goes against WWE , it’s the fact that most of their PPV’s are incredibly long which result in lots of filler segments that just bores off the audiences.

With the TV deal ready to kick in soon, doing 4 or 5 PPV’s a year seems like a wise decision, especially because it will give them the time to build up a story line and actually go along with it instead of rushing it in a month or so!

While it’s still early days, AEW have gone on to make a brilliant start. In a wrestling market that is ruled by WWE, AEW comes as a breath of fresh air, high hopes and some awesome wrestling.

Even if it’s still not big enough to compete with the big guys yet, it promises us to provide, at the very least, an alternative, and a brilliant one at that!

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