Last week on Busted Open Radio, Mark Henry addressed some of the criticism from a portion of AEW’s fanbase who says that the company is bringing in too much ex-WWE talent.
Henry said, “At some point, we have to address in this show, the haters. I love the fans. I love the people that really care, and are positive, and are willing to accept what they get from pro wrestling. But then again, we have the haters. I had to lean in when I said the haters because they are there, and they are in full force. I keep hearing this, ‘Wow, the WWE is invading AEW. First they had Big Show, then they had Christian, now they have Mark Henry, and they’re going to bring in more WWE guys, and they’re going to put those guys in front of the AEW guys.’
Whoever came up with that mentality is a moron. Like guys, cut it out. The reason that you bring in those guys is AEW is a new company. You bring in people that have experience. If you have corporate America, let’s just say we are corporate America, we’re making tire irons. This is a random something. We’re making spatulas. Are you going to let a guy who’s been making spatulas for three years be the boss, or are you going to bring in somebody that’s been making spatulas for 25 years? I’ve tried every form of metal that you can use to make a spatula. I’ve tried every form of plastic. We’ve done carbon fiber. We’ve done rubber. You’ve got to know what you’re doing in order to give the best product.
So you haters out there, think about that little message today. You know what? AEW is not broken. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. They’re successful already. What our job is now, and I say our because now I work for them, is to fine tune. All you musicians out there, you know when your guitar is off. You know when the keys in the piano are a little bit lax, and you have to get everything tightened and tuned. That’s what AEW needs. They’re successful already. They have winners, Kenny Omega, The Bucks, Cody, Sammy Guevara. I’ll go so far as to say, you know who the kids like? They like Jungle Boy. They like Fuego. People that are not super on top, Fuego is not super on top, but the kids love him.
You know what I think should be done, in my two weeks? You accentuate what the kids like because that’s ultimately going to be your major fan base because the kids can say, ‘Mom, can you get us tickets to AEW? Can you buy the PPV on TV?’ That’s what’s going to happen. On the flip side of that coin, older people accept news and we support things in different ways than young people. If it’s rebellious, the kids love it. If it’s anarchy, if it’s against the grain, if it’s not my mama’s thing, that’s what the kids love. Let me tell you how adults consume news. We still like newspapers. We still like to read books. We watch the 6 o’clock news. We watch the afternoon news. We listen to that kind of radio, the drive is what they call it in a lot of cities. That’s where I’m going to go. I’m going to go to the news where old people go and I’m going to say, ‘Hey guys, have you all heard about AEW? Have you heard about it? Great product.’ It’s heavily supported by the kids, the young people, the demo that’s in the 20’s, but we’re going to help out the communities that we go to.
We’re going to Miami. We’re going to Austin. Cedar Park Center. We’re going to touch the news and let people know that we’re going to support The Boys and Girls Clubs. We’re going to support Make A Wish. That’s where you get adults. You make people care. Adults have to care. They want to see people doing work in the communities that they live in, and that’s where I want to go. I’m trying to get everybody. So if you’re not a fan of AEW, we’re going to fine tune it. It’s not going to change. AEW is not going to change. I like it the way it is. My whole thought process is to fine tune it. I’m not going to ask anybody or tell anybody, ‘Hey, this is what you’re doing.’ No, that’s not me. If you want my help, I’m right here. Come ask for my attention and I will give it to you, and help you as best I can. That’s what you’re supposed to do, but in our business, we have this mentality of, ‘I’m your boss. You’re going to do what I tell you to do.’ That’s not my philosophy, none whatsoever. So haters, start tuning in to AEW and I’m going to show you something.”
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