Once All Elite Wrestling announced their launch back in January, fans started to have hope that they could compete with WWE on a level that hasn’t been seen since WCW, which closed in 2001 and later bought by WWE.
The first official event under the banner of AEW is Double or Nothing that is scheduled to take place on May 25th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their second official show goes down July in Jacksonville, Florida at the Fight for the Fallen event. On Wednesday, they announced a TV deal that would see them air a weekly show on TNT later this year.
WWE Co-President George Barrios was a speaker at the 47th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference in Boston. During the conference, Barrios was asked if WWE considers AEW as competition.
“The best comment I’ve ever heard was from Reed Hastings who said, ‘Sleep is competition.’ He nailed it. You are competing for people’s time. So, whether it’s Fortnite, the NBA, Kung Fu novels – we are fighting for people’s time. So, everyone is a competitor at everything. So yeah, AEW has announced and welcome to the game.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription